Black Ivory Coffee, AKA elephant poop coffee, is coming to Toronto.
Billed as the world’s rarest coffee and sold for $1,800 per kilogram, the coffee is “naturally refined by Thai elephants.”
According to the product description, the process involves selecting 100% Thai Arabica cherries that are then brought to Ban Taklang, where the cherries are mixed with elephants’ favourite foods (rice, banana and tamarind) to be ingested and digested. Once “deposited,” the individual cherries are hand-picked and then finally washed, raked, sun-dried, hulled, and then roasted.
Taste-wise, the coffee is said to lack bitterness and “is delicate, almost tea-like in its complexity.”
Aside from being sold online, Black Ivory Coffee has been made available exclusively through select five-star hotels, and now Toronto’s Ritz-Carlton is among them.
The Toronto hotel will be the first in North America when it serves the distinctive coffee to guests during TIFF. A tasting experience priced at $50 will serve two to three people.