News Summary: Elephants help produce pricey coffee

Friday - 12/7/2012, 1:59pm EST

By The Associated Press

(AP) - CAFFEINE HIGH: A herd of 20 elephants in the lush hills of northern Thailand is helping to excrete some of the world's most expensive coffee, costing some $50 per serving.

CRAP-ACCINO: Black Ivory Coffee is made from pure Arabica beans hand-picked by hill-tribe women from a small mountain estate, then eaten by Thai elephants and plucked a day later from their dung, then thoroughly washed and roasted.

NATURAL SLOW COOKER: According to the coffee's creator, the vegetarian animals take up to 30 hours to digest the beans, and stomach acid in their guts breaks down the protein that causes bitterness.

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