Elephant Poop Beer; Un, Kono Kuro Beer Uses Coffee Cured In Elephant Dung And Sells Out Instantly

By iScienceTimes Staff on April 18, 2013 10:41 AM EDT

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If you're thirsty, and like things found in elephant poop, reach for a frothy glass of Un, Kono Kuro. (Photo: Sankt Gallen)

An elephant poop beer called Un, Kono Kuro debuted in Japan on April fool's day and, no joke, sold out within minutes of hitting the shelves. The beer isn't brewed from elephant poop. Instead it utilizes the flavor of Black Ivory Coffee, a variety of your morning brew that retails for about $500 per pound because the beans are harvested from elephant poop.

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And by "harvested" we mean picked out of a big pile of dung and rinsed off. The elephant poop beer uses the coffee beans to enhance the flavor in its coffee stout. RocketNews24 got its hands on some of the elephant poop beer and it turns out that the brew is actually quite tasty.

"I cracked open a bottle of Un, Kono Kuro to give it a try. I sniffed at the bottle's neck and my nostrils were greeted with a faint bitter aroma, a little like roasted coffee just giving me a sense of what's to come," writes reviewer Mr. Sato. "When I poured it into a glass the coffee-like aroma continued to build it was relaxing like an easy Sunday morning. After taking my first sip there was an initial bitterness that got washed over by a wave of sweetness. Following that, a mellow body rolled in and spread out through my mouth."

Un, Kono Kuro is a pun on "unko" which is the Japanese word for "crap," a fitting name indeed for elephant poop coffee. Although the elephant poop beer was a sales success, don't expect it hit shelves anytime soon. The brewer, Sankt Gallen, isn't adding it to their regular line-up. It's not cheap beer, either; the retail value of a keg of Un, Kono Kuro is around $1100.

Of course, elephant poop beer isn't the only feces related drinkable delicacy in the world. Coffee enthusiasts who can't afford Black Ivory may want to look to kopi luwak, a type of coffee that is made from coffee beans that have been pooped out by civets. What's a civet, you ask? It's a small, fox-like mammal that lives in Indonesia that eats coffee cherries and passes the undigested beans onto the forest floor, where they are harvested and turned into $100-per-cup coffee. Unlike the elephant poop beer and Black Ivory coffee, kopi luwak is often the product of animal abuse. An expose that ran in The Guardian in 2012 highlighted the horrific conditons captured civets live in, including cramped cages and being force-fed a near-lethal amount of coffee cherries to create the prized excrement.

So drink your elephant poop beer and feel good knowing that the only thing that could be harmed is your reputation.

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