So kopi luwak is all the rage these days. Its been introduced on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and country singer Brad Paisley reportedly brews it on his tour bus. What is it? It is coffee made from coffee beans which have been eaten and then defecated by a civet cat. It comes from two main places – the island of Sumatra and places on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. People are not sure if what makes it taste so good is the fact that it passes through the civet cat’s body and some kind of chemical change takes place in the process or if it is because the civet cats only eat the best coffee beans. Either way, it is expensive! The coffee above is only “2% civet-cat-defecated.” So it’s cheap. But the container says that the company has been around since 1969. So kopi luwak has been a well-kept secret for a long time. That makes me wonder what other animal-defecated delicacies might still be out there which the wider world has yet to discover. . .