25 Apr Karikuy – Taste the Rare and Expensive Coati Dung Coffee
If you are a connoisseur of rare coffees of the world, you will surely go gaga over the taste of the dung coffee produced in Peru. What’s different about this coffee is that it is procured from the excreta of a hog-nosed South American mammal called coati, a species similar to raccoon. Coati locally known as uchunari or mishasho lives in the wild across wide ranging habitats including hot and arid regions, Amazonian rainforests, and cold Andean mountains. Dung coffee producers corral and feed them red ripe and sweet Arabica coffee beans and collect their poop.
Coati consumes different fruits and vegetables along with coffee beans. This produces coffee with unique aroma and complex taste because the scent of other food items seeps into coffee beans. The excreted coffee bean stays intact and only the top layer of the bean is altered with enzymes and bile juices. The enzymatic action results in removal of bitter proteins from the bean. Once coati excrement is collected, it is thoroughly washed and dried hygienically. The bean is then milled to remove the second layer.
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