Most serious coffee drinkers have by now heard of Luwak coffee, but those who haven’t will notice it pops up in the news every year or two, usually around this time of year as people are shopping for unique gifts (here’s this year’s story at Yahoo). Dave Barry even wrote a piece about coffee where he commented on this special type of coffee. So, what makes it so special? Well, for around $200 per pound (yes, that’s two hundred dollars, it’s not a typo), you get coffee beans that started out life as nice normal coffee cherries in Indonesia. A weasel-like animal called a Civet likes to eat those coffee cherries, and does so in large quantities. Its digestive system handles the coffee cherry just fine, but can’t digest the coffee seeds at the center, so those exit the Civet naturally later as part of weasel poop. At some point in history, some desperate coffee addict must have seen those and decided to harvest them, thus starting a poop coffee empire. Sure, the beans are washed well and roasted, so it’s not like you’re eating poop, but really…$200 per pound for coffee like that? Someone somewhere is laughing all the way to the bank with this one…