Came across a Tour Cafe that sells coffee (grounded or not) …
I’m not much of a coffee drinker, but when my friends embraced this Weasel brand coffee like gold, I bought 2 packs (250g packets) to try for myself. THEN, I found out that like the famous (or infamous) civet coffee, this weasel version is similar:
“Kopi Luwak (pronounced [ˈkopi ˈluwak]) or Civet coffee is coffee made from coffee berries which have been eaten by and passed through the digestive tract of the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus). The civets eat the berries, but the beans inside pass through their system undigested. This process takes place on the islands of Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago, in the Philippines (where the product is called Kape Alamid) and in East Timor (locally called kafé-laku). Vietnam has a similar type of coffee, called weasel coffee, which is made from coffee berries which have been regurgitated by local weasels. In actuality the “weasel” is just the local version of the Asian Palm Civet.”
Source: Wikipedia (where else?)
The only difference is that this weasel coffee is regurgitated by local weasels, as opposed to civet coffee where the beans are passed through the entire digestive system of a civet cat, coming out where the sun don’t really shine. Damn.
The good news (if there’s any good news coming out of this), the coffee didn’t cost me an arm and leg. I hear the civet coffee sold at Peter Jones in London go for about USD 100 for a shot.
Wanna try some? Weasel Coffee 1 is milder in aroma and taste. Weaseal Coffee 2 is a little stronger and I think there’s No. 3 and 4 as well. Just so you know …
I think I’ll stick with my instant G7 Coffee Cappuccino mix (also from Vietnam), which comes in Hazelnut, Irish Cream and Mocha flavors.
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