I love the first panel; with the expressions on the lady's and Arthur's face.
But DANG, it'd have to be an AWFULLY rough morning for me to reach for the distinctive blend of "Kopi Luwak".
- Kopi Luwak: It gets you comin' and goin'.
- Kopi Luwak: Tastes good in your belly, 'cause it's already been in someone else's.
- Kopi Luwak: Nature's Brew
- Kopi Luwak: Surely, surely this a big joke, right?
- Kopi Luwak: Because you've already tried that "pumpkin latte" atrocity at Starbucks...so what the heck.
I'm thinking more about the poor bastards that have to go around and gather up what the civet squeezed out -- never mind having to clean and filter out the "processed" beans. But most of all, I wonder about the *first* guy that said, "Gosh, you know, the civet's already picked the coffee berries and digested the berry part off the beans and everything, so why not...."
Then again, if you like eggs, you probably shouldn't think too hard about them either.
Interestingly, although this coffee has such a huge hype and is generally considered to be awesome and worthy of such a high price, Ive seen a documetary with some true coffee connoisseurs saying that it is actually pretty crap. They dont rate it at all.
Stephen Fry (a famous British writer and comedian) once gave Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall a jar of the stuff as a gift. Fry said that it was "something he felt they probably didn't already have". So I've been aware of this hilariously inappropriate excuse for a beverage for some time.
Just wait. Next they'll be collecting the coffee enemas from hospital and health spa patients and selling it in Starbucks as the Grande Crappuccino.
A guy walks into a coffee shop with a duck on his head. The barrista asks, "Would you like to buy some coffee made from beans we dug out of some animal's poop?". The guy says, "Listen Pal, just because I have a duck on my head, it doesn't mean I'm crazy!".
- Kopi Luwak: Quality from their end to yours.
Kopi Luwak: Drink what got them going to get you going!
Kopi Luwak: Coffee from the @$$ end of the world...really, we're not kidding.
Kopi Luwak: because climbing up a mountainside a continent away to pick hard pellet-like beans, roast them, grind them and squirt hot water through them, just didn't create the beverage unique enough for your palate.
Kopi Luwak: mmmmm, steaming hot!
Tried it once, didn't like it. Where it came from is not the problem. Cheese is already digested by bacteria and coagulated by the enzyme rennet, after all. And there is that toe-jam cheese they make in France and age by lowering it into a dry well or something.
How could this be worse than Limburger? Or that cheese they "mellow" in caves, buried under piles of manure?
We eat lots of things that other life forms have eaten first. No biggie. In fact, really good cheese is still alive when you eat it.
I'd like to think that if I ever had a chance to try it I would. It's not going to kill me, so what's the worst that could happen? It tastes terrible? Big deal, I've had terrible coffee before. Hopefully there will be a drain nearby.
... I don't drink coffee, but I took a trip to Asia this past June/July (2009) with one of my best friends. Neither of us drink coffee, but while wandering around Hanoi, we saw them selling coffee with a weasel picture on it. We were curious, and asked about it. After hearing the story, I knew it was a gift (real/gag all in one!) for my parents and another coffee friend! There apparently is actually 9 levels of "quality" to it as well... they gave me a taste of the highest quality... and I actually liked it. And yes, I bought it, and gave it as gifts!