David and I went to Intelligentsia in Pasadena, and I think (even though the coffee was terrific) that he felt like the customers in this video:
You are correct. Bat guano, indeed.
I totally want to have coffee at the place depicted in this video. I'm sure these girls will be up for an AFP show.
They might. But she would not be up for them.
In fact you can have coffee any time at the home of coffee snobs on Colorado Boulevard in Old Town... But be aware that the form of snobbery at Intelligentsia is delight and enthusiasm rather than disdain.... (When they heard me pitching the quality of the coffee to David, they comped us.)
And then there's always this:civet coffee, as described in Wikipedia:Kopi luwak, or civet coffee, is one of the world's most expensive and low-production varieties of coffee. It is made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) and other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract. A civet eats the berries for their fleshy pulp. In its stomach, proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet's intestines the beans are then defecated, keeping their shape. After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness, widely noted as the most expensive coffee in the world with prices reaching $160 per pound.
"...thorough washing." One would hope so.
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