Sounds like something inspired by a Dr. Seuss book, but it wasn’t.
What was the inspiration? A $50 cup of coffee made from beans picked out of elephant poop.
Yes. $50 a cup. Yes. Elephant poop. I was going to write feces, but that word is much too elegant for something so colossal. Here is an article about the coffee and the 20 happy and very regular elephants that contribute to this coffee:
I’ve traveled around a fair amount and have eaten more than my share of odd things. Andrew Zimmerman’s show “Bizarre Foods” is a favorite of mine. More often than not, I find myself thinking “I’d eat that” as Andrew cruises through culinary craziness.
In fact, I would probably try the pricey poo-brew (as long as somebody else paid for it). The conversational value of such a feat would be well worth any visions of elephantine doodoos falling to earth as I sipped the steamy concoction. But here is my real quandary, and the main point of this post:
Who thinks of this???
Seriously! Who was the first person to walk up to a pile (not a small pile either, my friends) of elephant byproduct and say, “Hmmmm, I think I will poke around in this tender little (whoops, not so little) morsel and see if there is something in there that I can make a drink out of.”
It wouldn’t have crossed my mind, unless of course I was playing a joke on a buddy of mine…..
*scene opens with Zack brewing a pot of “coffee” while on safari*
“Brian, I know you would have warned me about the fire ants near the latrine if you would have known about them. That’s just the kind of guy you are. Hey, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time brewing this lovely coffee. I already drank my share. Why don’t you finish it off?”
Pricey poo-brew. And people are buying it. If there is a market for it, why not?
Have you seen or read about any products/food/drinks that make you wonder “How did this start?”
If you have, please share.
On a side note, I’m strongly considering starting a new coffee company called “Pass the Coffee”. I’m just worried about how the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition will react to my “processing” of the beans.