D’you want some monkey spit with that latte?
Hey, it’s better than cat poo.
Yup, following on from the success of gourmet civet cat dropping coffee, coffee growers in Taiwan are now collecting the beans that the local monkeys spit out after eating the surrounding berry. Apparently the beans “yield a sweeter coffee with a vanilla-like scent”, and it’s less work for the farmers too.
It sounds like a win-win situation – there’s an incentive for the farmers to maintain the monkeys’ habitat, and their coffee commands higher prices. And it is definitely better than cat poo.
p.s. I was going to cover this story, but I’ll hold off until there’s photo or video evidence.