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If Ever a farmer needed to benefit from Fair Trade

I know that this is going to be a bit of a disgusting post, but hey, we have to take the highs with the lows.

Go here to read the odd but true story of Kopi Luwak coffee. A coffee that can literally be said to taste like…

…well, read the article and then finish that sentence.

I, for one, wouldn’t last one day as a person who harvested the Luwak bean, even though, according to the Smithsonian Institution, the beans are easy to find:

On coffee plantations, palm civets dine heavily on coffee cherries. However, they are not pests because palm civets digest only the outer pulp of fruit, passing the coffee beans unharmed through their digestive systems. And because palm civets repeatedly deposit their droppings in piles at the same spots, the coffee beans are easily collected.

You read that correctly. The bean is harvested after it’s been “through the entirity of the digetive process”. That’s what makes the beans so unique.

To prove that people will try and buy anything, it should be noted that one can find these beans in the U.S. at a measly $175 a pound.