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Thai hotel brews up coffee from elephant dung
泰國酒店從象糞中煮出咖啡

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.
一位泰國象夫去年十二月六日在泰國北部清萊府的一處象園,以混合咖啡豆與水果以餵食園內大象。這是製造特殊象糞咖啡的程序之一。

Photo: EPA
照片:歐新社

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)

泰國一家高檔連鎖酒店販售象糞製作的咖啡後,對喜愛濃咖啡的人來說,泰國可能是個理想去處。

這種「黑色象牙」咖啡,是由泰國大象消化並排泄出來的咖啡豆製成,號稱味道特別溫和。

但象糞咖啡所費不貲,安娜塔拉酒店表示,這種「天然精釀」的咖啡豆每公斤要價讓人咋舌的一千一百美元,是世界最貴的咖啡之一。

這家泰國酒店集團在聲明中說:「研究指出,在消化過程中,大象體內的酵素會分解咖啡豆裡的蛋白質。」

(自由時報/翻譯:自由時報國際新聞中心)

TODAY’S Words 今日單字

1. excrete v.

排泄 (pai2 xie4)

例: Most toxins are naturally excreted from the body.

(多數毒素會自然排出體外。)

2. staggering adj.

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.

(這座博物館要維持對民眾開放,每週竟然要花五萬美元。)

3. break down v. phr.

分解;故障 (fen1 jie3; gu4 zhang4)

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

(我的車在上班途中壞了。)


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