Odds are you may have heard of the most expensive coffee in the world: Kopi Luwak, also called Civet Cat Coffee.
Aptly named, Civet Cat Coffee (also known as cat poop coffee) is one of the most uniquely processed coffees in the world… because it is processed through the digestive tract of the civet cat! “Kopi luwak is coffee that includes part-digested coffee cherries eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus). Fermentation occurs as the cherries pass through a civet’s intestines, and after being defecated with other fecal matter, they are collected.”
The idea behind the poop coffee is twofold.
Firstly, the civet cats selectively choose only the best coffee cherries to consume and hence, leave behind the highest quality coffee beans. And secondly, the digestive process de-acidifies the coffee making for a smother cup. While the exotic coffee produces a very unique cup and fetches extremely high market prices (up to $350 per pound!), is it really a superior coffee? Well, not really. Besides the fact that the high market demand for the coffee has led to horrific practices of force feeding the civet cats who are kept in battery cages, the civet’s digestive tract is far too powerful for the coffee and removes too much acid from the beans and ruins the structure of the cup. This begs the question: is there a better way to produce this defected delicacy?
Here’s one of the farm’s favorite residents, OB, leaving a deposit in one of our specially designed coffee poo baskets. See all the coffee beans? Good job OB!
Enter Oryctolagus Cuniculus – the domesticated house rabbit.
Not just cuter and cuddlier than the civets, rabbits are actually a much more well suited species for coffecal collection than the cats. Rabbits have a two-part digestive system and while the coffee cherry flesh passes through both parts, the beans themselves are passed after the first. This means that they are only partially fermented and de-acidified before being pooped, making for a much cleaner cup with a better acid structure. And bunnies are one of the few mammals whose feces do not contain salmonella, so there are lower health risks associated with bun-poo coffee than other fecal coffees. “This was a key determining point for moving forward” says SteepFuze CoFounder Devin Jamroz, “when I first proposed the idea of the excremental experimentation to my partner (Ben Glennon), his response was “We will literally be brewing our coffee from piles of animal feces… There could not be a more egregious health code violation.” But don’t worry, the beans are totally washed before being sent to the roaster.
Because bunnies can be box-trained to only go number two in their special collection bins, they can live totally free-range while still coming home to the barn to make their special deliveries before the tedious turd-by-turd sorting process begins.
Besides getting to run and hop and play in the largest, greenest open space that a domestic bunny could hope for, the freshly imported Brazilian coffee cherries they live on are delicious and nutrient-rich so the healthy and happy SteepFuze buns really live the sweet life on their South Boulder farm!
The oldest resident bun at the farm, Mr. Root, enjoys a nice ripe coffee cherry!
And if you think that’s a good life for a bunny, you haven’t even heard the best part yet. Our bunnies don’t just eat coffee cherries… they feast on CBD-rich hemp flower!
Bunnies (like all mammals) have an endocannabinoid system. And just like humans, their system is not very good at processing raw cannabinoids. With absorption rates as low as 14-19%, that means that more than 80% of the CBD that the bunnies eat gets passed out of their bodies in their poo… and also INTO OUR COFFEE BEANS! That’s right, the newest SteepFuze line features coffee beans that were naturally CBD infused inside of an easter bunny. This may sound weird, but it is the most natural way to infuse a coffee bean, using the acids inside a bun bun’s tum tum. Then, when the beans are roasted, the heat of the roaster decarboxylates the CBD, activating it for human consumption!
But how does the coffee actually taste you ask?
Well, we submitted our bunny-buns coffee to the experts at the Specialty Traded Organics Organization Ltd (S.T.O.O.L.) for a taste test. Executive Director of the organization, Steve Hughes, got back to us almost immediately saying “This is without a doubt the best cuppa crappy coffee that I’ve ever had! It’s as smooth as bunny fur and it’s got lots of kick!”
With that, and just in time for Easter, we proudly present to you the newest addition to the SteepFuze coffee line, our very own rabbit coffee: Koffe Cuniculus (Ko-fee Que-nic-U-los)