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Thai hotel brews up coffee from elephant dung

A Thai mahout mixes coffee beans with fruits to feed elephants as part of the process to make the unique elephant dung coffee at an elephant camp in northern Thailand’s Chiang Rai province on Dec. 6 last year.

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For those who like their coffee with a strong nose, Thailand could be the ideal destination, after a blend made from elephant dung was put on sale by an upmarket hotel chain.

The Black Ivory blend, made from coffee beans digested and excreted by Thai elephants, is billed as producing a particularly smooth cup.

It is not cheap, though, with Anantara Hotels saying the “naturally refined” coffee costs a staggering US$1,100 per kilogram — making it one of the most expensive blends in the world.

“Research indicates that during digestion, the enzymes of the elephant break down coffee protein,” the Thai-based hotel group said in a statement.

(Liberty Times)






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1. excrete v.

排泄 (pai2 xie4)

例: Most toxins are naturally excreted from the body.


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巨大的;難以相信的 (ju4 da4 de5; nan2 yi3 xiang1 xin4 de5)

例: It costs a staggering US$50,000 per week to keep the museum open to the public.


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分解;故障 (fen1 jie3; gu4 zhang4)

例: My car broke down on the way to work.


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