Wake up and smell €38 jumbo coffee
IN the lush hills of northern Thailand, a herd of 20 elephants is excreting some of the world's most expensive coffee.
Trumpeted as earthy in flavour and smooth on the palate, the exotic new brew is made from beans eaten by Thai elephants and plucked a day later from their dung. A gut reaction inside the elephant creates what its founder calls the coffee's unique taste.
Stomach turning or oddly alluring, this is not just one of the world's most unusual specialty coffees. At $1,100 (€850) per kilogramme, it's also among the world's priciest.
Called Black Ivory Coffee, it was launched last month at a few luxury hotels, with the price tag of about $50 (€38) a cup.