The beans excreted by Thai elephants and taken a day later from their dung are the beans that could produce the world’s most expensive coffee. It is called Black Ivory Coffee. The price can reach to $1,100 per kilogram ($500 per pound).
“When an elephant eats coffee, its stomach acid breaks down the protein found in coffee, which is a key factor in bitterness,” said Blake Dinkin, who has spent $300,000 developing the coffee. “You end up with a cup that’s very smooth without the bitterness of regular coffee.”
“My theory is that a natural fermentation process takes place in the elephant’s gut,” said Dinkin. “That fermentation imparts flavors you wouldn’t get from other coffees.”
Would you ever taste the coffee?