For those of us that prefer Folgers, the most expensive coffee in the world is called Kopi Luwak, and it retails for between $100 and $600 per pound. It’s made from the finest, ripest coffee berries in Asia, but that’s not what makes it so special. These berries are eaten by civets, a type of small jungle cat, and then excreted. The inner seeds of the berries are not digested by the civet, and so they are collected, washed and roasted. Yum Yum. Here’s the whole process illustrated.
The civets pick out the ripest and sweetest berries, which some believe yields a better product. I say poop is poop, but whatever.