As I said in my last post, there has been change – progress in my office building. Restaurants are starting to open up and we now have a coffee shop in our lobby.
When I saw the name of our brand new coffee shop, I was curious. In English – musk and cat put together don’t really remind me of coffee at all, but it seems that our office administration team has gone all out and sought this Indonesian specialty for our lobby.
In Indonesian the coffee is called “Kopi Luwak” and at 200 RMB (about $30 USD) a cup it’s not likely going to be on my breakfast order any time soon. This is another one of those strange coffee bean delicacies where the coffee actually passes through the intestinal track of a special cat that lives in trees only in Indonesia. In more basic terms this is cat poo coffee.
As I did research for this post I found many websites talking about the delicate fragrance, the honey taste of the coffee, the foam that forms after it is beaten. I’m not convinced.
However, the afternoon that it opened and my colleague who I went to lunch with offered to treat, I didn’t know any of this. But luckily – I ordered a tea!
Bringing it back to the office, several colleagues asked me if I knew what type of coffee I was drinking. I replied, I was having tea – they all started to laugh. It turns out that this type of musk cat coffee is the hot thing in China right now. Our lobby is on the cutting edge of a craze sweeping Shanghai.
According to the rest of the published diagram with future food vendors that will be setting up shop over the next couple of months, a Costa Coffee should be opening soon. I think I may switch my patronage to that establishment, even though I typically drink very little coffee. Better safe than sorry.
Have you ever consumed any item that has passed through the intestinal track of another animal? I’ve eaten lots of interesting things, but this one does not strike me as worth trying. Please share if you have, I am very curious.