The world’s most expensive—and extremely rare—cup of java is Kopi Luwak coffee, which is made from beans extracted from the excrement of a small animal.
Originating on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the Kopi Luwak coffee is famously “produced” by the Paradoxurus, a relative of three breeds of civet, a slinky mammal that looks like a cross between a cat and a mongoose. When the Paradoxurus eats coffee cherries, the beans leave the digestive system more or less intact. The beans are then gathered, cleaned and roasted.
A cup of Kopi Luwak typically costs about $90. Or you buy a pound of the beans for around $1,000.
The coffee is said to have a rich, heavy flavor with hints of caramel and chocolate.