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Vietnamese weasel coffee in LA?

If I had any idea how good this coffee was going to be, I would have brought it back to the states by the bucketful. Does anyone know if it's sold anywhere in LA? It's the coffee bean that is unceremoniously eaten, digested then pooped out by a civit cat. Gross, but it makes one hell of a cup of coffee.

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  1. wait WHAT!?

    As a vietnamese person, I have never EVER heard of such a thing.

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    1. re: ns1

      I've been to Vietnam many times and have had hundreds of cups of coffee there. Never heard of this. I've heard of something similar, but I think it was from Indonesia.

      While people love to drink coffee in Vietnam, most people aren't that picky about the quality of the beans.

      1. re: bsquared2

        I stand corrected. I had originally asked my wife (who is from Vietnam) about it and she thought I was crazy because she thought I said it was from a "cat". When I brought it up again later, she realized I was talking about "squirrel coffee". Yes there is such a thing. It is more expensive in Vietnam, but not too crazy. I brought some back for people.

        At Highland coffee, which is the "Starbucks" of Vietnam, I also had Culi Coffee which was a bit sour. I thought it was pretty good.

        I have no idea where to find this coffee in LA. In most VN restaurants I see them serving Cafe du Monde.

      2. re: ns1

        Heres the poop. Wikipedia explains that Kopi Luwak (or Civet coffee) comes from the Asian Palm Civet. It is coffee that has passed through the digestive tract of the animal. This coffee was featured in the movie “Bucket List.”

        In Vietnam a simular coffee is called “weasel coffee,” which is made from coffee berries which have been regurgitated by local weasels. In actuality the "weasel" is just the local version of the Asian Palm Civet.” Therefore it appears that "weasel coffee" has not been digested then pooped out, but for some reason the local cat in Vietnam regurgitates it. I wonder if there is a different flavor with the vomit version versus the real shit. I wonder which version the OP, pupster911 (pupster?) really had.

        Coffee w/ photo of fresh re-made coffee beans.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_Luwak

        The animal with that special touch.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_Pa...

        With all these names, including squirrel coffee," as mentioned by bsqared2, it may be easier to locate.

        1. re: JeetJet

          sounds like a great cup of coffee to go with a shit sandwich.

          ah, scatological humor will never get old.

          but seriously i'd rather not pay for a 65 dollar cup of that has been shitted out.

          i wonder if the animal has diaarrhea does that make it even more delicious and rarer.

          1. re: kevin

            kevin, you made me take a closer look at the wiki photo and IMO this shit actually looks like diaarrhea. I agree with you and when I am willing to pay more for coffee I will stick with Blue Mountain.

            photo
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_Luwak

      3. Well, now you've got me searching on the web. This place turned up as the main wholesaler of the stuff. They're in L.A., but it sounds like pretty rare and expensive stuff (that often turns out to be bogus). So call and see if they have any.
        http://www.mpmountanosofsocal.com/ind...

          1. Funnel Mill in Santa Monica serves up a cup for $60.

            1. OK, it may be wandering in the direction of a cross-post, but has anyone on the boards actually compared, . . . well, let's call it "poop coffee", with coffee produced more, ....ahem. . . "conventionally" from the same beans?

              1. I have some Civat coffee beans in my fridge right now, but from the Philippines. The brand name is "Arengga", I am not impressed, but to me a fine cut of coffee still comes from Dunkin. We bought it as a lark to freak out our friends and brewed up a pot at Christmas, Nothing special. But at $60.00 a cup.............. Any one wants to but a half bottle of the rarest coffee in the world?

                1. its called caphe cut chon, you can definitely get it in vietnam, however even there, most of it is fake anyway....

                  1. I've only heard this called "kopi luwak" and it's Indonesian, and usually fake.

                    1. I bought a bag of both supposedly real poop coffee and the fake in Vietnam. The "fake" chemically "digested" in a test tube. The real stuff is superb, but the cheap fake coffee is still hands down way better than any coffee I've ever tried. The digestive process makes the coffee really sweet and tastes like chocolate. There's no bitterness or acidic flavor, it's just pure mocha-y goodness.

                      1. I bought 4 bags of weasel coffee inHanoi and I'll tell you, I have never tasted anything more delicious in all my life. It has chocolately, vanilla richness that turned me, a tea-drinker, into a scavenging ebay coffee hunter. I CANNOT find it in the US, and would give my right hand for a bag of the stuff.

                        1. When seeking out the strange, odd, and freakish, ask Eddie...

                          http://www.deependdining.com/search?u...

                          Scroll down to the bottom third of the page... :)

                          1. I don't know the name of the place, but on the corner of Centinela & Santa Monica Blvd there is a little coffee place right next to the Volvo repair place. They have said poop coffee. I do not know how much they charge for a cup.

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                              1. re: Frommtron

                                There is a "fake" weasel coffee that you can buy online. It is enzymatically digested in a lab instead of pooped out of civit cat's rectum. It's pretty damn close to the real thing for a fraction of the price. http://www.trung-nguyen-online.com/in...

                              2. re: aimbonics

                                i'm pretty sure they don't have the poop aka weasel coffee, etc. unless it's on a secret menu. besides how much would they charge for the stuff, and they are also a CASH ONLY establishment.

                                1. re: kevin

                                  I've never seen it there. I'm just saying that aimbonics was referring to the Balcony Cafe.

                              3. isn't the point that it is no longer the droppings, and that now it only refers to the best beans?

                                1. most of the stuff, even the stuff in vietnam is knock off. anytime you can get a product that is vastly more expensive than the comparable stuff, there will be a knockoff or fake product flooding the market.

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                                  1. re: modernist

                                    Funnel Mill in SaMo has a certificate of authenticity for the Indonesian Kopi Luwak they sell. Now at $65/cup and $739/lb according to their website!