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This might come as a surprise, but not everything that comes out of an elephant’s ass has to taste like it came out of an elephant’s ass. And while flavor might not be the first thing most of us think of when we see elephant dung, that’s not necessarily true for everybody. Blake Dinkin was thinking about both flavor and texture when he started Black Ivory Coffee in 2012. You won’t be paying peanuts for it, either. At roughly $1,000 per pound, it has since become the most expensive coffee in the world, only available roasted to order or at some of the world’s most exclusive resorts and hotels. Making Black Ivory Coffee is a process similar to the once popular but now controversial kopi luwak coffee. Somewhere in Indonesia, someone figured out Asian palm civets choose the best coffee cherries and eat them whole. When the catlike creature defecates, it leaves whole-bean coffee in its fecal matter. Then someone else had the idea that these whole beans could be roasted (presumably after an intensive cleaning process), ground, and served. The civets’ digestive processes are said to cut down on the proteins that cause bitterness in the taste, allegedly producing a very smooth cup.

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