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Test Prevents Counterfeit “Cat Poop” Coffee -Yea!? — Dave’s Diary

Look, when you are paying 80 bucks for a cup of joe, you at least deserve to know for sure if it came from cat poop or not, right?

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Scientists have developed a test to determine whether or not a cup of Kopi Luwak coffee of Indonesia is counterfeit. The test shows that the beans have actually passed through the alimentary tract of the Asian palm civet, a cat-like mammal. The process gives the beans their unique flavor and enables Kopi Luwak to sell the coffee for $80-per-cup and $150-per-pound.

The fact that people will pay exorbitant amounts for real Kopi Luwak has led to a thriving black market in fake Kopi Luwak. Some people sell regular coffee beans and claim they are the famous civet coffee. I think we have a box full of the fake stuff in our basement right now!

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