Some described the kopi luwak coffee as having a “lime-y, citrus” aftertaste, while others characterized it as extra “smooth.”
That x-factor flavor—unbeknownst to these Buzzfeed taste-testing participants—comes from the digestive tract of Indonesian palm civets, which the BBC describes as “small, mongoose like creatures.”
That’s right—these tree-dwelling mammals shit out some of the most prized coffee beans on the planet. Time reports that “a cup sells for $30 to $100 in New York City and London.”
The premium price tag stems from the perception that these beans are harvested from “wild animals,” but recent investigations show that many palm civets are caged and suffer terrible living conditions. So if you don’t want to support shit practices, don’t drink shit coffee.