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Coffee Made of Elephant Excrements in Anantara Hotels

News Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas offers rather strange and completely unusual drink in its hotels in the Maldives and Anantara Golden Triangle hotel in Thailand. Guests are welcome to order Black Ivory Coffee that is extracted from elephant digestion products.

The hotelier even describes the process of making this Black Ivory Coffee. In order to make it, Thai Arabica coffee beans are eaten and digested by Thai elephants. This way the beans are “naturally refined”. According to makers, when the beans are digested by an elephant, its enzymes eliminate coffee proteins, making them less bitter. These special elephants are monitored by mahouts (special elephant trainers). When the beans “come out”, they are handpicked and then dried in the sun. Thirty elephants participate in this program. The gathering of digested beans takes place in Golden triangle Asian Elephant Foundation in Thailand.

As it is not hard to guess, the cost of the coffee skyrockets after such “improvement”, and its average price estimates US$1,100 per one kilogram. The coffee is ground and stored very carefully, and it is cooked in accordance with an ancient technology that appeared in 1840.


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