London, October 20: Coffee connoisseurs may soon find themselves put off their next caffeine fix after discovering the latest gimmick to hit the market – an unlikely elephant dung variety.
The elephant dung coffee is made from beans eaten and digested by elephants living on a reserve in Thailand, the Daily Mail reported.
When animals pass the beans in their excrement, they are harvested, cleaned up and processed into coffee grinds.
The resulting brew is said to be floral and chocolatey and the taste contains notes of “milk chocolate, nutty, earthy with hints of spice and red berries.”
The coffee beans, named Black Ivory, are priced at 1,100 dollars (685.30 pounds) per kilogram, making them the most expensive coffee beans in the world.
According to ABC News, the coffee is the brainchild of Thailand’s Anantara Resorts, who say that the beans are “naturally refined” by the Thai elephants at their Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, an elephant conservation program which will use 8 percent of sales to fund care for the animals.
It is sold to visitors at their Golden Triangle property but is currently in short supply, with only 50 kilograms (110 pounds) currently on sale. (ANI)