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Weasel coffee, true or false?

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Weasel coffee, true or false?

Hi all

I've read a few things about weasel coffee and similar coffee from cats/civets/etc. I've read it was first consumed in Indonesia but is also found in Vietnam, it's expensive and there are outright fakes as well as scientifically manufactured replicas.

I am finding it hard to believe that anyone really does collect and use coffee beans that have passed through the digestive system of an animal, yet I've also read that Australian customs siezes weasel coffee because of the animal traces it contains.

So... can anyone shed any further light on the phenomenon of weasel coffee? Does it really exist - and can it be found in Hanoi?


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1. Re: Weasel coffee, true or false?

yes, it certainly exists.

And, yes, the real thing is VERY expensive.

And yes, it is a prohibited import in to Australia.

Best regards. Ian

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I just visited a weasel coffee farm last week. There is no harm to the weasels even though the living conditions could be a bit better. I do not know about there being any animal traces, however, I was told that the weasels are very selective and only consume the highest quality husk therefoer, expelling the highest quality bean. Currently a 250g package is selling for 30 usd.

There are imitation products from many companies that say weasel coffee on the package, but it will not be authentic if ujnder 100 dollars a kilo.



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unless you buy it at the weasel farm, you will get fake,

even at the farms you may get fake

how many beans can weasels eat...

and it is sold all over the country ... loads of it ...

my guess is all this is

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Hmm, so it really exists. But is there somewhere you can try it in Hanoi where you know it's not fake? Paying a high price does not guarantee you're getting the real thing?! I also wondered how many berries a weasel can eat...

Farming conditions are a concern, of course, although so should be the conditions in which man-made goods are produced. Anyway this might be getting a bit off topic for a travel forum. But thanks for your answers, Ian, Owee and junglebeach. If anyone knows more I'd still be interested to hear about it.

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5. Re: Weasel coffee, true or false?

Stainless Steel Weasel is apparently just as good and I would imagine more hygenic.


and available in Australia


Edited: 01 July 2012, 13:12
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6. Re: Weasel coffee, true or false?

If you enjoy good coffee and in particular Weasel coffee, then look no further than Café Pho Co, 34 Hang Giay.

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