Chemical test to authenticate cat poop coffee

NewImageHow do you know if your kopi luwak coffee, made from beans collected, swallowed, and crapped back out by civets, is the real deal? Japanese and Indonesian biotechnologists have developed a chemical test to authenticate your pricey cup of joe. Their scientific paper, titled "Selection of Discriminant Markers for Authentication of Asian Palm Civet Coffee (Kopi Luwak): A Metabolomics Approach," was published in the Journal of Argicultural and Food Chemistry.

"Now A Test Can Tell If Your Pricey Cup Of Cat Poop Coffee Is Fake" (NPR)

Image: "Indonesian farmer shows coffee beans already digested by Asian Palm Civet, but before cleaning and roasting" (HaztechGuy/Wikipedia)

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  1. Glitch says:

    Civets ain't cats!

    -shakes fist!-

    Sure, they're in the "Feliformia" suborder, but then again so are hyenas and mongooses. Civets are their own type of mammal, and instead of being stereotypically lazy and self-centered Westerners - lumping an exotic type of animal into a grouping with one we're intimately familiar with - we should bother to take the time and make the effort to simply add civets to our mental list of kinds of animals.

    Ziti isn't spaghetti, lychees aren't nuts, and civets aren't cats!

    -stomps off to go have an apopleptic fit-

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