I've been a coffee aficionado since I was in 7th grade.
My mom used to drink that Postum dirt. When I was in 6th grade I would put it in a thermos and take it to school. In 7th grade I went into a 7-11 and saw the coffee. "close enough" I thought. A-mazing. I drank it heavily all the way up to the morning I went into the MTC. After I got to Japan, I would buy the canned coffee from the hot dispensers when the other guys would be buying hot chocolate.
I should mention that I live in Seattle, so I have lots of fun options here, but alas, no Kopi Luak that I can find.
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Canned veggies? They have a certain amount of insect parts per can. Sausage, hot dogs, hamburger? Rat droppings and parts.
Bread? Also more insect parts baked right in.
I would try the civet coffee if it weren't so damn expensive, but I used to eat ants and tripas as a child, so maybe I have a different POV. :)
If I get the chance to visit my brother and his family in Mexico City, one of the first thing I am going to try is eyeball tacos. If I ever get to Peru, I'm going to try some Jugo de Rana. Life is too short to be scared of weird shit. ;)
The funny thing is our meat is raised in absolutely disgusting environments. I am amused when people freak out about eating "weird" dishes, but have no problem scarfing down a Big Mac or chicken nuggets.
No, that's made from burnt toast or wheat or something.
I remember back in the "golden days of mormonism", before correlation, a convert telling people to never serve Postum to their guests in lieu of coffee.... it would make them never want to join the church.!
The only coffee we have around here:
Dutch Bros. Human Bean Starbucks Black Rock
Bad Ass coffee (from Hawaii)
Plus a few independents that work the fairs and rodeos out of their RVs...:D !
But nothing made from excrement, even if it is as dark as....
It is VERY good. I am a coffee afficionando-my DD calls me a coffee snob.Part of its charm was the beautiful way it was served in a ceremony with a brass & glass double chambered percolator over a little flame. The innate graciousness of the Balinese & the surroundings added to the occasion.
For contrast ,I am recently returned from the USA where the difficulties of finding barely decent coffee cannot be under-estimated.
The only decent coffee made in the US, is made in American homes or served in Ethiopian or Carribean restaurants. Come visit me there some time, and I will show you.
Grab and go coffee of any brand in the US is usually stale from sitting too long, or made from burnt beans, even if they say it is fresh or lightly roasted. Or, the beans have been allowed to be mixed up with old (rancid, basically) oil residue not cleaned out of the hopper they are ground up in.
Fast, fast, fast vs good good good. I do agree there.
We do Greek (aka Turkish) Coffee over flame in copper beakers after dinner, filter coffee in the am or espresso when in a rush, fresh from ground beans only and brewed very strong, or Illy or Douwe Egberts, and also lately the Starbucks brand Via ground powder for a quick pick me up, using a hotpot during the day.
Plenty of us do in fact know how to make and enjoy coffee properly. The mistake is in going to a Mcdonald's-style coffee shop and expecting a barista/coffee bar experience. Never the twain shall meet.
Though I will give a pass to Tim Horton's coffee, because I like their steel-ground oatmeals and muffins.
if they do it right...do not use the first little bit that comes out...and they use Bustelo....you will have a good cup of Joe...it is the ONLY coffe i will drink! i do not drink "American" coffee...only the Cuban coffee...Ralphy may has a great vid ont just this subject! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDcQoUHVukw
Kopi Luwak. (Kopi being coffee and luwak being civet cat.) I bought some last year when I got to work in Jakarta for a few weeks, and brought it home and brewed it. The variety I bought in Jakarta was $35 for 100g--pretty dang expensive, but not as much as it costs here. It smelled chocolaty and was very good, but not THAT good. There are plenty of good coffees that far outdo kopi luwak.
I guess the civets eat the coffee cherries but can't digest the beans, so they come out t'other end. Supposedly, the beans "change quality" as they pass through the civets' systems. The dung is collected and the beans extracted and then washed and roasted. Sounds like a bad job, but SOMEbody has to do it, right?