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,┬áit 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)?

2 responses to “Weasel Coffee, Schmeasel Coffee”

  1. avatar greeneyes says:

    Weasel poop produced?
    Where does one draw the line.
    What about, cat produced, or fruit bat produced?
    Thanks, but I will pass.
    It is enough of a challenge just keeping my digestive system healthy while traveling throughout Asia.
    I will just take the Nescafe with Eagle Brand condensed milk.

  2. Hi Thomas, thank you for the link back and I dig your article. Well, me being a coffee lover, I could instantly tell the difference when I tasted it. The caramelized aroma and pungent taste was the stuff I was looking for. Sadly, not many people seem to know the difference in this acquired taste. But then again, I know for a fact that the coffee being sold around the commercial areas of the Old Quarter are mostly knock offs. As you said “Are we being swindled?”


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