Last week I mentioned in passing the Asian Palm Civet, through whose intestinal tract coffee beans pass before the beans are passed on to you. Found a picture of the critter today at National Geographic.
The small arboreal mammals are key to producing Kopi Luwak, the world's most expensive coffee. After eating the ripe, red coffee cherries, the civets pass the beans undigested. Unique enzymes in the animals' stomachs give the coffee an exotic flavor, and a pound of beans can fetch U.S. $100 to $600.Bon Appetit!
Via Found Here.