I reckon Tom's Monkey blend is better and less expensive too!
YUNLIN, Taiwan (Reuters Life!) - Coffee connoisseurs are going ape for
a rare brew that Taiwanese farmers are producing with the help of
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
But now, the farmers are collecting these half-chewed seeds and
roasting them to produce a coffee that is being brewed all over the
"The monkeys pick the reddest fruits to eat, and spit out the seeds.
They cannot swallow them because that may cause indigestion," said
Liao Ching-tung, a coffee farmer for 30 years who has recently taken
up roasting the regurgitated seeds.
"For other crops it may cause serious loss, but if they eat coffee in
this area, then it saves me the trouble of peeling the fruits," he
Liao says the discarded seeds yield a sweeter coffee with a
vanilla-like scent, which sells for about $56 a pound (450 grams).
For coffee lovers like Wang Chih-ming, price is no object.
"I like coffee it's got a nice aftertaste, that's really good," said Wang.
Coffee beans excreted by native civet cats in Indonesia and
painstakingly extracted by hand from the animals' forest droppings
reputedly produce the world's rarest and most expensive coffee, which
sells for around $1,000 a kg ($450 a pound)