The only thing better than a $50 cup of elephant dung coffee is an even pricier glass of elephant dung beer. Because alcohol improves everything, right?
That’s the idea behind the Thailand specialty brew Un, Kono Kuro, a dark stout that uses Thailand’s infamous elephant-processed coffee beans as a base for some really intense butt-brewing action. It works like this: workers at a Thai elephant sanctuary feed their elephants a crapload of coffee beans. Then the beans sit around in the elephants’ digestive system for awhile, absorbing all sorts of secondary flavors like banana and sugar cane (and, you know, elephant sh**) before being pooped out in giant caffeinated piles. Then
really unlucky specially trained workers hand-pick the coffee beans out of the elephant dung, the beans get made into coffee, and the coffee gets made into beer. Then you drink it.
According to the brave folks over at RocketNews 24, the beer has “an initial bitterness […] washed over by a wave of sweetness,” which sounds pretty decent for a dark stout. We were almost sold until the reviewer started describing what he called ‘the afterglow’ by saying, “for some time after I could still feel as if my body was saturated with that warm scent.” Yeah. Any beer that saturates our body with the warm scent of elephant dung is probably not for us, but props to the brave folks who enjoy it (and to the elephant sanctuary that earns a profit on every butt-processed bean). We raise our glasses to you.
H/T + PicThx RocketNews24