Elephant Poop: During a special episode of Into the Wild with Bear Grylls, Akshay Kumar recounted how he had a sample of elephant dung tea. He even posted a sneak peek on Instagram.
While the movie does not show how the elephant excrement tea is manufactured, it turns out that the animal dung is utilised to generate a unique tea-coffee hybrid beverage. If the concept makes you cringe, here’s something to cheer you up: the drink is reputed to be extremely pleasant.
Elephant poop tea/coffee is a beverage made from the faeces of elephants.
Thailand was the first to come up with the notion of making a beverage out of elephant dung. Elephants are fed Thai Arabica cherries first, which are mixed into their regular diet. According to africageographic.com, the fermentation process used by these herbivorous animals to break down the cellulose in their meal brings out “sweet, fruity aromas” in the waste, resulting in a hybrid tea-coffee beverage with a “chocolatey, cherry taste.”
The cherries are hand-picked by caregivers after the elephants have excreted them. They are then washed and dried in the sun. They are machine hulled and sorted before being roasted.
The elephant tea-coffee hybrid is called as Black Ivory Coffee, and it was first made at the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation in Chiang Saen, an elephant refuge that cares for rescued elephants, by the eponymous company.
Elephant poop coffee costs
According to blackivorycoffee.com, Black Ivory Coffee is considered the world’s rarest and most costly coffee, and is now primarily offered to select five-star hotels. One kilogramme of coffee requires approximately 33 kilogrammes of coffee cherries. A single package of black ivory coffee (35 grammes) costs USD 100, according to the website (Rs 7,357).