Sunday, November 25, 2007

2 new coffee rarities in Asia

Monkey business yields coffee

Coffee connoisseurs are going ape for a rare brew that Taiwanese farmers are producing with the help of monkeys. Formosan rock monkeys have long been a scourge to coffee farmers in Taiwan's mountains because they eat the ripe berries and spit out the seeds. But now, the farmers are collecting these half-chewed seeds and roasting them to produce a coffee that is being brewed all over the island. Coffee farmer Liao Jingdong tried to roast beans which had been spat out by monkeys and discovered a unique taste, different from the original. Liao says the discarded seeds yield a sweeter coffee with a vanilla-like scent, which sells for about $56 a pound (450 grams).

Coffee-lovers unite for a cuppa at expo in Taipei

95% simularity to the all famous Kopi Luwak (civet coffee) at one-fifth of the price. That should be the new Fox Dung coffee, presented here at this expo.
Coffee-lovers unite for a cuppa at expo in Taipei

Pierre E. Leblache, left, founder executive of the World Alliance of Gourmet Robustas (WAGRO) and Khanh Dinh, owner of Vietnam-based QY-Coffe, display the latest innovation of lab-processed “fox dung coffee.” (Akie Ang, The China Post)

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