This bird may be to coffee what pigs are to truffles. The “Jacu” bird is the name given to a family of birds—the Guans. Found in the forests of Latin America, there are 15 species. It turns out that these birds have quite the “nose” for good coffee. They eat only the very best of coffee beans and because their diet is vegetarian, their poop is not contaminated by animal proteins. Organic coffee growers are paying workers extra to find and extract the beans from the Jacu’s poop. The beans are then cleaned and peeled by hand.
Time to run out and buy a pound? Not so fast. It costs about $24.00 a pound. Maybe we’ll ask Santa for some next year and post our test results on flavor.