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The Straight Poop On Kopi Luwak

September 10, 2013

Scientists have determined a way to tell real Civet coffee from imitations by determining the coffee’s metabolic fingerprint. Often the target of fraud, this famous coffee ranges from $150-227 a pound. It is produced in countries like Indonesia where civet cats eat the ripest coffee berries and poop the beans out. Those beans are then collected, cleaned, and roasted. By looking at the metabolites present in the coffee beans, scientists can determine if the beans were ever put through the civet cat’s digestive system, which leaves a fingerprint of sorts including levels of malic and citric acid. While this ID system is far from being practical yet, scientists say it’s a good start.

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