We drank poop coffee. Well there’s something I never thought we would say. EVER. When it comes to life in general, we are very adventurous. But when it comes to consuming odd “delicacies” we usually opt out. Neither of us has a strong enough desire to eat or drink anything that might make us vomit. It may seem somewhat surprising then that we drank coffee made from the poop of an animal. We hadn’t heard of “poop coffee” until we got to Bali, and even when we did, we weren’t overly eager to try it. However, one day, while on a tour of a coffee plantation, the opportunity arose and we decided to give it a try. How bad could it be, right?
Just to set the record straight, it’s not like we steeped some poop in a mug and then drank it. This is legit coffee! Coffee berries are eaten by a Luwak (a cat-like creature which you can see HERE) for their fruit pulp. After spending about a day and a half in the Luwak’s digestive tract the beans are then defecated in clumps, having kept their shape and still covered with some of the fleshy berry’s inner layers. After being collected (yup, someone has the lucky job of walking around collecting clumps of poop), the coffee farmer performs thorough washing and removes the yucky poop around the bean. The final roasting of the beans eliminates any remaining bacteria.
So, how was the coffee?
This experience kind of reminded me of being at a snooty wine tasting, where you pretend to taste undertones of blackberries, with hints of vanilla bean. You swirl the wine, sniff and then sip it. What do you taste? Ha! You taste WINE!
The lady doing the poop coffee presentation was sweet, but I have to say we kind of BS-ed our way through this one (like we do at most wine tastings). She asked how it tasted… “Ummm… Smooth?” I said. She looked impressed so I guess I picked the correct answer. Bonus! Honestly, it just tasted like good old normal coffee, and neither of us are coffee-snobs so we can’t even tell you if it was “good coffee” (for us good coffee is too strong and quite bitter, so we aren’t the best judges on that). Overall, it was a great experience, and we were glad that we tried it. The tasting made the visit the coffee plantation complete.
More on our poop coffee tasting, and the rest of the plantation, in an upcoming post!