Last month the coffee was first launched at a handful of luxury hotels in different far off corners of the world
December 10, 2012 – In northern Thailand’s lush hills, some of the most expensive coffee in the world is being excreted by a herd of elephants.
Called smooth on the drinker’s palate and full of earthy flavor, the new exotic brew is made of beans that are first eaten by elephants in Thailand and then taken the following day from their dung. A reaction inside the elephants gut creates what the coffee founder says is the unique taste of the drink.
Some think it oddly alluring, while others says it turns their stomach. One thing is certain, it is not only one of the most unusual specialty coffees in the world but at a price of $500 a pound, it is amongst the most expensive in the world.
At this point, only the wealthiest or the well traveled have had access to the coffee, which goes by the name of Black Ivory Coffee. Last month the coffee was first launched at a handful of luxury hotels in different far off corners of the world. It appeared in hotels first in Thailand, and then it was available in the Maldives and now can be purchased in Abu Dhabi. At those hotels, it will set you back $50 per cup.
In an area that is more famous for drug producing than coffee growing, people are starting to visit to see the huge baristas do their work. Located high in the mountains of Thailand where it borders Myanmar and Laos, the coffee’s creator uses scientific research and biology to answer why elephants are used in the process.
Blake Dinkin says that when coffee is eaten by an elephant, the stomach acid in the elephant breaks down protein in the coffee, which is key to the amount of bitterness in the coffee. Dinkin has spent over $300,000 in the development of the coffee. He said the end result is coffee that is smooth and does not have regular coffee’s bitterness.