The latest buzz in coffee circles is Kopi Luwak coffee. It is the talking point due to the unique way it comes from the plant to the cup. The fruit of the coffee is eaten by a Luwak, or palm civet, a feral cat native to Indonesia.
When the acids in the cats stomach digest the fruit surrounding the coffee bean, the bean begins to ferment. It is thought this fermenting process gives the beans a unique flavor. The beans are then passed by the cat and scooped up at $600 per pound.
Despite being around feces testing on the bean showed a lesser amount of bacteria than a control type of bean, and the food scientist Prof. Massimo Marcone, from the University of Guelph, says only negligible amounts of enteric organisms were found.