22 Mar When Too Much is Too Much
I was reading an article on the Wine Enthusiast/Wine Mag website and I thought you would enjoy it, too. Here is just a preview…
When Too Much is Too Much
Published on Dec 29, 2009
By Monica Larner WINE ENTHUSIAST website
“From a $100 cup of coffee to a $25,000 ice cream sundae, when is expensive taste just bad taste?
Afew months back, I wrote a news brief about a luxury coffee bean that is making rare, but steadily more frequent, appearances on restaurant menus in espresso-addicted Italy. For $30 a single shot, or up to $100 for a more generous “Americano” mug-sized portion, you too can savor the dubious delights of Kopi Luwak, an Indonesian coffee made from beans that have passed through the digestive track of an indigenous weasel called the Asian Palm Civet, which pre-selects the tastiest, most mature beans before defecating them whole. Stomach enzymes reportedly make the coffee taste much better—to the tune of $1,000 per kilo.
Who would pay that much for a cup of coffee from the back end of a rat?
I did, actually. Following the umpteenth chance encounter with Kopi Luwak on my various culinary travels, curiosity got the best of me. I ceremoniously shelled out the big bucks for a shot of espresso. The coffee was indeed good but I definitely don’t feel the need to revisit any other weasel-based beverages, especially at those prices.
As the stock market makes cautious gains since Wall Street lows on March 9, 2009, I’ve noticed more absurdly expensive foods along the Kopi Luwak lines.” ….. more on their website…