Retirement Adventure Travel

Crappy Coffee

Vietnamese Weasel Coffee or Kopi LuwakThis coffee is crap. Weasel waste. Really! During a recent trip to Hanoi, Vietnam I noticed then the markets were rich with stalls selling “cà phê Ch?n” loosely translated as, weasel coffee and I couldn’t resist trying some.

Weasel coffee, aka “Kopi Lowak” is what is left after an Asian Palm Civet eats coffee cherries and later “passes” the indigestible pit. The pits (green coffee beans) are gathered and (hopefully) thoroughly cleaned. The beans are then dried and later lightly roasted in a special chicken fat that is supposed to add additional flavor and richness.

How anyone discovered this is inexplicable to me. I do love good coffee but I was wary. This crap is expensive. I was also, of course, hesitant to try something that’s flavor has been “enhanced” by passing through the digestive tract of what looks like a cute rat. But, the big question is how does it taste? Honestly, it is freaking delicious! Would you try it?

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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