I live under the motto of trying everything once. Lots of “crazy” things have entered my mouth on this trip, some strange food from Latin America here, for example.
But it’s all relative. What’s strange in one place is a delicacy in another, and vice versa. Best to approach everything with an open mind and give everything a try once.
In Dalat, Vietnam I first learned of this civet coffee, where local weasels eat a coffee berry and the bean passes through their digestive tract. Apparently, the resulting bean is highly prized and much more tasty.
Unfortunately, in Dalat they sold bags of coffee and I couldn’t try just a single serving. But in Bangkok I got my chance to give it a try! The sign below caught my eye at first.
In fact, this coffee shop was the only one I found offering the weasel poop coffee. It was very close to where my couchsurfing host stays and as soon as I saw that they offered weasel coffee I knew I’d have to give it a try!
Well, when the time finally came, I was a bit anxious. The serving was so small, the price so high (200 Baht/$6.70), and the idea so strange.
But I gave it a try!
So, naturally, the next question is “How was it?”
With the fact that I’m an under-taster in mind, and definitely can’t distinguish between good and bad wines, I really didn’t notice any difference between this coffee and other coffees like Illy or Lavazza. Yes, I could tell it was better than instant coffee, but that’s about it.
Sorry if you were expecting some ranting and raving.. but it was an experience I’ll always remember!
Below is some more information about this coffee if you’re interested.
About Adam Pervez
In mid-2011 I left my cushy corporate job and took the plunge into a life incorporating my passions of traveling, writing, volunteering, learning, educating, and telling stories. I study what happiness means to others, offer what I can from my engineering/MBA background as a volunteer, and try to leave each place better than how I found it. Read more.