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http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/04/10/coffee.dung/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

 

 

LONDON, England (CNN) -- A London department store has started selling

coffee for $100 a shot.

 

Civet cats: The coffee beans are collected from the animal's faeces.

 

If the price sounds unappealing, shoppers also have to overcome the

unusual method of cultivation, which sees the coffee beans harvested

from the feces of an Indonesian jungle cat.

 

Even so, the Peter Jones store says the luxury blend -- called Caffé

Raro -- is one of the world's rarest and most premium coffees.

 

Made by the Italian company De Longhi, Caffé Raro combines Jamaican

Blue Mountain and Kupi Luwak, two extremely rare coffees.

 

The beans of Kupi Luwak are harvested after being ingested by civet

cats, and only about 260 kilos (about 573 pounds) of the coffee is

produced each year.

 

"The cats select the best beans to chew. It's rather like a natural

filtering process," said Carie Barkhuzen, a spokeswoman for the

upmarket store in London's upmarket Sloane Square.

 

The coffee, which went on sale Thursday, is available at $100 for a

shot at the Peter Jones Espresso Bar, or shoppers can buy 100g (3.5-

ounce) packs of the coffee beans to take away for the same price.

 

"It's not exactly flying off the shelves -- it's very expensive, after

all -- but customers are buying it," Barkhuzen said.

 

The proceeds from the coffee sales will go to charity.

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The coffee tastes good. Don't knock it till you try it. Had some at a coffee tasting thing we had at my school... wouldn't buy it though...it is too expensive. Only like 30 ppl could try it because they did not have a lot, and I was one of the lucky ones.

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I was offered to try it in the Peter Jones department store, where it's being sold. I gladly refused but a number of people that tried it said it was actually really nice & that if they could afford it on a daily basis they might consider buying it.

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