Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I Drank Mongoose Poop and No One Batted An Eye.

Before I go on, know that I recognize I've mentioned poop in some form or another possibly a few too many times on this here blog. I've talked about dog poop, I've talked about pooping in front of your significant other, and most recently, I've talked about the shower/pooper combo in Malaysia.

Imagine how many times I must talk about it in real life?

Anyway, to really continue with the trend of this blog, how about I tell you about my experience with drinking mongoose poop here in Bali.

Yes. Mongoose poop.

Yesterday, The BaliDizzle and I took a little trip in Ubud to Lebah Lari - House of Coffee. This beautiful place is 5 acres full of so many different plants...{life forms?}: coffee beans, cinnamon, vanilla, sugar cane, and many other things that I now can't remember, unfortunately.

We had this cute little Balinese man, who stood barely 5 feet tall, walk us all around and point out the different plants and roots. Very educational. That is, if I could actually remember what he said.

He finally got to the part of explaining what this place was most known for:

"Poop coffee."

"I'm sorry, what did you say, sir?" I asked.

He repeated in his Balinese accent, "Poop coffee."

"Oooh...okay," I nodded, still wondering if I heard him correctly.

You see, they make Kopi Luwak there. Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world. It is made by the following process:

1. Mongoose eats coffee bean.

2. Mongoose digests coffee bean.

3. Mongoose poops out coffee bean.

4. Humans clean pooped out coffee beans.

5. Humans proceed to make coffee as usual.

^^^Freshly pooped mongoose beans^^^
Here is the mongoose. Though, technically, it's a "Paradoxurus," but he said Americans know them as Mongooses. Mongoosi? Anyway, it's so.......cute?

After the process, you get: Kopi Luwak - $5 to just sample one cup!

Which of course, we had to sample, because well, how often can you say you've drank mongoose poop? Or any poop for that matter...

Here's proof I took the plunge, just in case you doubted:


Very earthy....very musty....

Did I buy some to bring home with me? No.
I do suggest, however, that if you ever get the chance, you should at least try it too.
So there you have it. Mongoose poop coffee.

And to answer your question: Yes, I did say "poop" 16 times in this post.


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  1. Oh snap! I think this tasting qualifies you to be a participant on Fear Factor ;)

  2. nope. nope. nope. I Love your adventurous spirit though:-) xoxo

  3. This is so interesting! I would love to try it someday. Does that make me crazy?

  4. okay, 1) i have heard of this. 2) i would totally try this. 3) i hate mongooses (mongeese?) with the burning fire of a thousand suns. they are like ferret/squirrels...gah!

  5. Hmmm that is actually really interesting. God bless you for trying it haha.

  6. I think I am hating you again. I want to use my camera but its like 12 degrees outside and everything is hideous. What lens are you using anyway? I've been really lazy and I haven't changed mine in like 6 months lol sigh... winters got me down in all aspects obviously! I feel like this was a really strange comment... more like should have been an email. Oh well to late now. Hope you're having an awesome night :P

  7. BAHAHA I love it. Only you!

    I won't lie to you, i am NOT that brave! Your pictures are gorgeous as usual!!

    Keep enjoying lady!

  8. They talk about this coffee in the movie The Bucket List with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman! Jack Nicholson will only drink this special, expensive kind of coffee, and Morgan Freeman finally reveals to him what it is, and it's basically the best part of the whole movie :)

    But you are SUPER brave because I'm not sure sure I'd wanna try it, not matter how "special" and expensive it might be!

  9. Oh wow, hats off to you lady! you are one adventurous, brave girl. 'very earthy and musty' - i died! hahaha.

  10. Did you drink it plain or did you add things to it?

  11. That's disgusting! My question is - how in the world did they figure out that you can make coffee out of poop...??

  12. I definitely passed on this in Vietnam. I just couldn't try it!

  13. I have also had some poop coffee....I don't see what all the fuss is about. Its cleaned off lol

  14. I'm so proud of you Mishi!! I just knew this trip would get you to broaden your eating horizons. Btw there is a huge yoga festival coming to Ubud in just a few weeks. I'm so jealous! Get some yoga in while you're there.

  15. Haha! I first hear of this in the movie The Bucket List and found it hilarious yet interesting. I'm such a chicken though. I'm not sure I'd have the guts to drink it. :/

  16. I've heard about this coffee. Isn't it like $100 for a bag of beans? As a huge coffee fan, I have wanted to try it, despite it's disgusting origins.

  17. This is crazy, and you have some balls for trying it!
    Every time I think of you and VDizzle in Bali I instantly think of the movie/book Eat, Pray, Love. Mainly because of the little toothless balinese men. And the love... there's always love.

  18. That's legit coffee, I've heard of it before. Only $5 in Bali? That's expensive there. Imagine what Starbucks would charge for it in the states!

  19. Talk about a once in a lifetime opportunity! Very brave of you to try it. I love trying new things, but I think I might balk at this one.

  20. I literally have no words right now.

  21. LOL earthy... that's the last word I want to describe something that has passed through an animal for human consumption. Haha you are so brave.

  22. ha so strange! i think i've heard of this before. why does it make it so special/expensive? us humans are weird ha.

  23. i tried that when i was there too! definitely worth the taste, not worth buying a bag.

  24. my mom is going back to Indo in April or May and my co-workers are DYING to try these. They're willing to pitch in for her to bring some poopie beans to the US. Hohoho.

  25. Oh my! What experiences you are having :) So do you think it deserves to be the most expensive coffee in the world?

  26. There's a coffee shop in Portland that sells this coffee for something like $9 a cup I think? Poop aside, it's on principle alone i can't bring myself to do it.

  27. That is crazy! Good for you for trying it - so brave!

    Hope you had a great weekend!

    The Hartungs Blog



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