Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Two articles in today's paper about coffee? That's not a coincidence, that's a blog.
First, I came across the information that trellis grown coffee, grown like wine grapes, near the Moana Loa Volcano in Hawaii, enhances the natural flavor of the bean. But this system comes rather dear, a pound of the Estate Reserve goes for $55. All the way up to 5 lbs. for $205.95, just in case you feel the supply is running low, that someone out there may be hoarding the world supply. Or planning to stay awake for a very long time. By the way, the coffee bags contain a one-way gas valve, because amazingly, this intense coffee emits a gas which is able to explode the airtight bag that the coffee is packaged in. Another item that you better not take on a plane. Also, the need for an escape valve seems to be a warning (to me at least), of what could be going on in my stomach after I get my caffeine fix.
Which brings me to the second article, about the World's Most Expensive Coffee, also known as Civet Coffee. Why, you ask? Well, because the coffee is made from beans that pass through the digestive tract of that particular tropical cat. Tempted, huh?
Limited production and a short season commands a very high price. Again, why? Because the taste buds of coffee tasting experts say so. And $30. for a cup of coffee? Maybe for folks who've just decided to donate half of their billions to charity, or some elitist in my neck of the woods. Aside from the price of a cup of coffee (refills?), I can't help but visualize some beans passing through my cat's tract, and I'll tell you, there's not enough rinsing in the world that would make me want to roast them for my morning joe.
One company, at auction, grabbed up a bunch of Civet Coffee, eventually to sell at $75. for a 12 ounce jar. And this Friday, (in NYC), the coffee is being featured at a weekly cupping. The cupping is free. Get on line. Or you can go to this posh hotel for a cuppa, for $30. Free donuts?