GOLDEN TRIANGLE, Thailand (NBC/APTN) - Coffee lovers, listen up. There's a new brew out there made from beans that have passed through the gut of an elephant.
Called Black Ivory Coffee, this brew starts out in the stomach of an elephant.
Handfuls of ripened coffee cherries are fed to elephants on a reserve in Thailand. Mother Nature then goes to work, and the coffee beans are reharvested and roasted.
The people behind this special brew said the end result is a less bitter coffee.
"What he's found is that when an elephant eats coffee, that there's an enzymatic reaction, so there's acid in the stomach and that breaks down the protein found in coffee," said Black Ivory Coffee Founder Blake Dinkin. "So, protein's one of the factors responsible for bitterness, so as a result you've got a coffee without the bitterness of regular coffee."
If you want to try this coffee, you're going to have to fork out a lot of cash: $50 per serving, to be exact.
"I loved it; it was something different," said tourist Ryan Nelson. "There's definitely something wild about it that I can't put a name on."
"Very interesting. Very novel. The flavor's nice," said coffee drinker Ashleigh Nelson.
You'll also have to travel to an exclusive resort in Thailand, the only place in the world where it's currently being served.
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