You read that correctly and people go to extraordinary lengths to find their perfect cup of coffee. In Northern Thailand the Black Ivory Company Ltd collect coffee beans from Elephant’s feces, which is influenced by the elephant’s stomach acid breaking down the coffee’s protein. Its been described as “very smooth without the bitterness of regular coffee” but it comes at a hefty price at USD50 in some luxury hotels for a single cup!
In places such as Sumatra, Indonesia you’ll find Kopi Luwak where coffee beans are ingested by Civets and egested. Producers claim that Civets only chooses the best beans to which then the digestive mechanisms improve the flavour of the coffee.
With coffee being the world’s most widely traded tropical agricultural commodity it’s no wonder that poeple/organisations are looking for the most unique flavour. However i would love to meet the person that came up with the idea of having coffee pass through and animal before grinding it and drinking the beans.
Coffee is such a big part of some peoples lives, it sparks arguments of which coffee is the best. When people choose a particular coffee, what does it say about them?
– Cafe Latte with skim milk
– Double Espresso
– Flat White
– and so many more options
For many many years coffee has been criticized for a lot of things such as, “It will stunt your growth”, “It can cause heart disease and cancer”. But research now shows that there may be some real health benefits.
Depending on the research or person you’re speaking to, caffeine is shown to have no effect on cancer but to actually have a greater benefit to your health. In Scandinavian countries that have a high consumption of caffeine from coffee, research doesn’t support any links between the risk of cancer from caffeine (coffee). (ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20512657)
Coffee is high in antioxidants and can actually improve total cholesterol by lowering inflammation and raising HDL or better known ‘good cholesterol’.
There are even more reported benefits of coffee being:
- Improved health of your blood vessels
- Decreases Metabolic Syndrome Risk
- Reduced risk of death attributed to inflammatory and cardiovascular diseases
- Elevates Fat Burning by increasing your metabolic rate
- Increases Power & Strength Performance
- Can speed recovery and reduce post-workout muscle soreness by up to 48 percent
- Increases Motivation & Reaction Time
Long term coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of type-2 diabetes. (ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14706966)
Be careful what you eat when you’re drinking your coffee. Drinking coffee along with carbohydrates increases insulin resistance and blood sugar levels, so if you are going to have a cup of coffee, enjoy it by itself without any muffins, toast or fruit.
It’s not all great news about coffee as there are some health experts that believe caffeine exacerbates polycystic ovarian syndrome by increasing the body’s normal estrogen level and although the link is not fully understood or universal to all women with PCOS, physicians advisze to cut down or eliminate caffeine to see if doing so lessens symptoms and improves fertility.
It is also very important to know the type of coffee and the toxicity in the coffee beans, which effect people in very different ways.
I am particular about the type of coffee I have and I do love my morning coffee. I add some grass fed butter and MCT oil to mine, or just a teaspoon of coconut oil to a cup of black organic coffee. If I’m after some sweetness I’ll occasionally add half a teaspoon of Xylitol.
Whichever way you have it, just be sure that you’re having a good clean sourced coffee from low toxin coffee beans and it doesn’t have an adverse effect on you. Even if it does come out of an Elephant.