18 April 2010

Coffee (Really Good Coffee): Only $227 per pound

Photo: Kemal Jufri for The New York Times.

Yes, the price is right. And that's if you can find a vendor.

I'll settle for trying just a cup. How much is that for a cup? On second thought, maybe I'll wait until the "civet coffee" goes on sale.

So, you thought you had heard about and tried every food and drink imaginable. This article from The New York Times, "From Dung to Coffee Brew With No Aftertaste", by Norimitsu Onishi, is a fascinating look at what we are willing to imbibe.

"Costing hundreds of dollars a pound, these beans are found in the droppings of the civet, a nocturnal, furry, long-tailed catlike animal that prowls Southeast Asia’s coffee-growing lands for the tastiest, ripest coffee cherries. The civet eventually excretes the hard, indigestible innards of the fruit — essentially, incipient coffee beans — though only after they have been fermented in the animal’s stomach acids and enzymes to produce a brew described as smooth, chocolaty and devoid of any bitter aftertaste."

Read the complete article at The New York Times.

07 April 2010

Blog on Bloggers

Credit: Hiroko Masuike for The New York Times (center); photographs by Nora Sherman.

Maybe, as a reader of this blog, you've visited some of the other "foodie" blogs mentioned in this article, "First Camera, Then Fork", by Kate Murphy, in The New York Times. If you haven't, follow some of the links in the article, to view some of the ways the bloggers approach (read that as photograph) the food they eat.

"In 1825, the French philosopher and gourmand Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote, 'Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.' Today, people are showing the world what they eat by photographing every meal, revealing themselves perhaps more vividly than they might by merely reciting the names of appetizers and entrees."

Read the article at The New York Times.