Civet Cat: At Last I Saw You!
It produces the most expensive coffee beans in the world!
And I found it caged:
Oh, Civet Cat!
These civet cats produces the coffee beans called kopi luwak or kape alamid.
“It is coffee that is prepared using coffee cherries that have been eaten or partially digested by the Asian palm civet, then harvested from its fecal matter. The civets digest the flesh of the coffee cherries but pass the beans inside, leaving their stmach enzymes to go to work on the beans, which adds to the coffee’s prized aroma and flavor. Only around 1,000 pounds (450 kg) of civet coffee make it to the market each year, and 1 pound (0.45 kg) can cost up to $600 in some parts of the world and about $100 a cup in others.” – source: Wikipedia
Really expensive, eh? With its hefty price, I could only imagine the aroma and the taste of coffee from this lovely creature.