Top 10 weirdest beer ingredients

2. Cat poo coffee beer

Mikkeller_Beer-Geek-Brunch_Umlaut_2Coffee is an increasingly common ingredient in craft beer, especially with the deep roasted flavours that are a feature in dark beers like stout.

But the Mikkeller Brewery in Denmark took things a step further by using what can be called “cat poo coffee”.

The civet cat, is a weasel-like creature from south-east Asia that only eats the best and ripest coffee berries.

Civet feces are collected and cleaned for the beans, which are naturally fermented during digestion.

Civet feces are collected and cleaned for the beans, which are naturally fermented during digestion.

The enzymes in the cat’s digestive system breaks down the beans and workers then collect bean from droppings to use in civet coffee.

This is one of the world’s most expensive coffees, with a strong taste and aroma and Mikkeller used the beans to create its Imperial Oatmeal Stout, which has a 10.9% abv and a “rich, dark espresso finish”.

Please note we have corrected the fact that the Mikkeller Brewery is in Denmark, not Norway.

2 Responses to “Top 10 weirdest beer ingredients”

  1. Mads says:

    Yes… sounds wrong to me also.

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