×
Back left 6d79ffa2165c70419b5d81367025d889a832b878a14a24f303dd5f6f59a4f2c5
Back right 7131bbac0729874ea35f73598ddf94d2e1f7db07d23b55f12e0a2064353ff6d7

Urban Legend or Coffee Delicacy?

SHARE IT!
LIKE IT!
kids articles
Urban Legend or Coffee Delicacy? - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
( Rating: 1 Star Rating)

Would you believe that theres a brand of coffee called Kopi Luwak that sells for as much as $300 US a pound, even though the beans have been picked out of a cats poop?

Are you tired of getting your caffeine fix from your morning can of Coke or Pepsi? Lookin' to try something a bit out of the ordinary? Then maybe you should give Kopi Luwak a shot. It's a full-bodied coffee experience with a hint of chocolate that's a taste bud treat. If it sounds like a tempting alternative, then you will probably want to start saving your pennies - this coffee's gonna cost you a bit.

You see, Kopi Luwak goes through a pretty unique harvesting process that drives the cost of these beans through the roof. Coffee beans are actually the seed of a cherry-like fruit grown on islands like Java and Sumatra. An animal, much like the raccoon, called a Palm Civet, lives on these islands amongst the coffee trees. It is in these coffee plantations that the Palm Civet helps itself to the ripest cherries on the trees. Only the fruit gets digested and the Palm Civet later poops out the beans.

So instead of getting angry, plantation owners thought they would try to salvage the beans from the cat's feces. Only about 500 lbs (227 kg) of this oh-so-tasty coffee is harvested each year, which means you're going to be paying an arm and a leg for a sip. A pound of this delicacy goes for as much as $300 US ($387 CDN). And the cheapest you'll get a cup of the stuff for is $5 US ($6.45 CDN). Ouch! Seems like a lot of money for recycled (cough, cough) coffee.

In Morocco and Mexico entrepreneurs also rely on animal droppings for their livelihood. They sift through goat dropping for the pits of olives, which are then ground up for oil. The oil is then used for massages and cooking.

And that's not all. There is a certain kind of rice, collected only in China from the nests of the Taiwan Magpie. The birds collect many grains of rice in their mouths and then scatter them in the bottom of their nests. If harvested right away, the rice becomes a very rare treat that sells for hundreds of dollars a bag, around the world. If not collected in time (for example, after the birds have slept in it,) the rice is not sellable.

1 These things are so true. I know it! These rare, tasty treats sound yummy. Even if they weren't true, I wish they were!!!

Kidz Submit by:

Nickname: Smartest_gurl
Age: 10

What do you think about these strange products? Are any of 'em real, or did we make 'em up? and tell us what you think!

1 The last Believe It or Not story was about Back-to-School Urban Legends like, the mystery cafeteria food, a couple's braces getting caught together and the mixing of test papers. Did you fall for these urban legends? Then we tricked ya, cuz none of them are actually true!

Here's what you all thought about Back-to-School Urban Legends:

Believe It or Not?

I think they are all real. 46%
Only the one about the test could've happened. 15%
I guess we never really know what's in the caf food. 15%
None of them are real. They're just stories! 23%

Related Stories:

  • Exploding Water - Microwave
  • El Chupacabra
  • Weird Collections
  • More in The Lab!
  • You May Like

    News Feed

    To view your full News Feed please Login using your Username and Password or Register with Kidzworld!

    Forum Activity

    Are You Like Lady Gaga? in Celebs posted by aasih
    Are You Like Lady Gaga? in Celebs posted by aasih
    Are You Like Lady Gaga? in Celebs posted by aasih
    Are You Like Lady Gaga? in Celebs posted by aasih
    Are You Like Lady Gaga? in Celebs posted by aasih
    Tell A Story - One Word Per... in Forum Games posted by Lissithedestroyer
    Tell A Story - One Word Per... in Forum Games posted by Lissithedestroyer
    Are You Like Lady Gaga? in Celebs posted by aasih
    Are You Like Lady Gaga? in Celebs posted by aasih
    Are You Like Lady Gaga? in Celebs posted by aasih
    Sillyvision next Generation... in General Roleplays posted by Tord_Trash
    Are You Like Lady Gaga? in Celebs posted by aasih
    See you... **NOT CLICKBAIT** in Random posted by XxRuby_PhoenixxX
    What do you think i am?(hon... in Say Anything posted by ImagineOrdinary
    ♥A Miraculous Child♥ ATJ ♥... in General Roleplays posted by aasih
    Let's count to 1 Million! in Forum Games posted by baceking
    New site layout this week! in New Features on KW posted by SnowflakeAngelKitten
    Write your best friend's na... in Say Anything posted by slurpie3
    Tell A Story - One Word Per... in Forum Games posted by rainbowpoptart
    Fragments [INDIGO LEAGUE!] ... in Private Roleplay posted by SnowflakeAngelKitten
    New site layout this week! in New Features on KW posted by slurpie3
    New site layout this week! in New Features on KW posted by James
    New site layout this week! in New Features on KW posted by SnowflakeAngelKitten
    New site layout this week! in New Features on KW posted by rainbowpoptart
    New site layout this week! in New Features on KW posted by simran88
    New site layout this week! in New Features on KW posted by Abbergrl
    New site layout this week! in New Features on KW posted by SnowflakeAngelKitten
    what do you want to be when... in Current Events posted by Alois_Trancy_
    New Real Time Private Messa... in New Features on KW posted by lolathedog
    New Real Time Private Messa... in New Features on KW posted by Abbergrl
    Would u date the person abo... in Random posted by FlutePlayer197
    Would you happen to have th... in Say Anything posted by MechaMaiden23
    Choose a word to describe y... in Random posted by MechaMaiden23
    Would u date the person abo... in Random posted by dragongirl555
    See you... **NOT CLICKBAIT** in Random posted by ImagineOrdinary
    See you... **NOT CLICKBAIT** in Random posted by rainbowpoptart
    See you... **NOT CLICKBAIT** in Random posted by snoopynwoodstock123
    If Net Neutrality Passes ;-; in Random posted by gpc78
    See you... **NOT CLICKBAIT** in Random posted by gpc78
    See you... **NOT CLICKBAIT** in Random posted by XxRuby_PhoenixxX

    Poll

    F1032478144609
    0

    Believe These Stories or Not?