Weasel Coffee, Schmeasel Coffee
How far would you go for a good cup of coffee? Would you get yourself a pet weasel, feed it coffee berries, dig through the weasel droppings to get your precious coffee beans back, and then grind them for a tasty cup of coffee?
Well, if you are a true coffee connoisseur and want to try the most expensive coffee in the world, that’s exactly what you have to do. Alternatively, you can come to Vietnam where you can sample a whole list of roasts including the famous weasel coffee. So, why exploit a poor weasel? Apparently enzymes in the animal’s digestive tract produce a very aromatic, less bitter coffee. And, more importantly, people are willing to pay big bucks for the beans after they come out of a weasel’s butt.
Finding weasel coffee on a menu, however, is not that easy. We’ve been sampling lots and lots of Vietnamese coffees, which are usually brewed through a drip-filter and served with sweet, condensed milk. But we’ve only come across Weasel coffee once – at least we were told it was the real thing. Did it taste any different? Not really. Sure, it was good and I was grateful it wasn’t Nescafe 3 in 1, but I’m not sure if it is worth the hype.
David, a fellow travel blogger, disagrees. “Never before had I tried coffee that tasted so good.” You can read about David’s quest for genuine weasel coffee on Malaysia Asia travel blog. I have to admit, his story kind of upset me because I thought I had been conned. But after coming across an article about weasel coffee in the Smithsonian Magazine, it seems that we all might have been swindled. What do you think? Is weasel coffee worth it, or is it all just a bunch of crap (pun intended)?