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Friday, December 7, 2012

Coffee fromThai elephant’s gut fills a $50 cup

Pimnipa Petkla, 39, a Thai mahout's wife, sifts through elephant dung for coffee beans at a camp in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. A Canadian entrepreneur with a background in civet coffee has teamed up with a herd of 20 elephants, gourmet roasters and one of the country's top hotels to produce the Black Ivory, a new blend from the hills of northern Thailand and the excrement of elephants which ranks among the world's most expensive cups of coffee.