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Cat poo coffee: $100 a cup

April 10, 2008 at 6:26 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, April 10 (UPI) -- The British department store Peter Jones has announced plans to sell coffee, harvested from the dung of Indonesian jungle cats, for $100 a cup.

The pricey coffee known as Caffe Raro is a blend of rare Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee and Kupi Luwak, an Indonesian coffee bean that is harvested from the bodily waste left behind by Indonesian civet cats, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday.

The blend is made by Italian company De Longhi.

"It is in high demand from coffee aficionados. They will relish the chance to buy such a rare coffee. After all, only 200kg (440 pounds) of Kupi Luwak coffee is produced each year," a De Longhi spokesman said.

Joe Teixeira, head of catering for Peter Jones, said the store's customers are more concerned with unique experiences and an appetite for the weird and the wonderful, whatever the expense.

"The fact the coffee includes a bean ingested by Indonesian civet cats gives them an experience they couldn't get anywhere else in the world," he said.

The store said money made from sales of the coffee will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

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