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A little something that Sandro unearthed on CIX!
NB! Updated 9th July 2001)
One of our readers has just pointed out to us that this article is in fact copyright:
I have researched this, and the page mentioned has:
(C) 1997 THE MIAMI HERALD
So, many thanks to Dave Barry, and to the Miami Herald. I have removed the article from here, because I haven't the time to arrange permissions. Suffice to say that it's worth following this link (and the others presented below) to what some people assume is just another bit of urban mythology.
However, I have done some further research, and there is sufficient material out there to make me think again...
About.com has this...http://www.about.com/culture/urbanlegends/library/weekly/aa101498.htm
MIT has this...http://www.ai.mit.edu/people/shivers/luwak.html
CoffeeFaq debunks it somewhat with...http://www.coffeefaq.com/coffaq6.htm#Kopi
Zoom! 1977 says "Civet Cat Emptor"!!! at...http://www.telepath.com/zoom/sept4.htm
The Coffee Critic is not so critical at...http://www.thecoffeecritic.com/fusion3/html/kopi.shtml
You might like to exercise your brain by checking out the suggestions here...http://www.lalc.k12.ca.us/target/technology/secondary/fact_fiction/index.html - a site describing how to sort the wheat from the chaff!
Another doubter at...http://natzoo.si.edu/coffee.htm
At about this stage, my research starts to get wierd, following links which discuss eating ones own faeces, and whether...well let's not go there!!!
Much as I love coffee, my budget doesn't even extend to Jamaica Blue Mountain - a coffee I have tried twice only - the first time was exquisite, the second a big disappointment.
P.S. Well, allright, I couldn't resist just one more link - "The Straight Dope" sounds authoritative enough with...http://www.straightdope.com/columns/010525.html