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People hear of the so-called "poop coffee" or "cat coffee", a type of coffee made from coffee beans that have been ingested and excreted by the palm civet(A species of cat). It's an oddity in the coffee world, for sure. But now, it isn't the only "animal-processed" coffee available. There's another type, called "monkey coffee" or "monkey parchment coffee", which is currently being produced. The monkeys in the wild jungles of the Ghats are instinctively attracted to the most ripe and sweetest coffee cherries. These monkeys pluck the tastiest cherries, chew on them leisurely for a few minutes and then spit the remainder. What is left is the seed and its outer layer surrounding the seed (parchment). Hence it gets the...

Sundried coffee as the name suggests involves drying of beans with the heat and energy of the sun. The dry process is the most simple, effective and natural way to dry the beans. Sun dried coffee interacts with the energy from the rays and undergoes changes in the chemical composition of the cherry. This leaves a unique taste and flavor in the coffee which is what makes sun-dried coffee interesting and curious. The dry process requires very hot weather making it suitable only in few places. It is done mainly in Brazil, Paraguay and 90% of the Arabica coffee which is mainly produced in India. After the wet process, the beans are then parched and readied to dry. At that moment, the beans...

Recently, I went to visit a coffee plantation in Chikmagalur and guess what, I had one of life's most enriching experience. I met an amazing woman who I like to call superwoman. She earns her daily bread by serving as a coffee farmer. Her name is Lakshamma and hails from the Mudigere region. Lakshamma is a daily wager in the coffee plantation. She made me a part of her daily life when she got to know about my passion for knowing about coffee. Lakshamma and her husband are trying to make two ends meet. They are trying hard to provide a better future for their children with their hard work and dedication. Her day starts at dawn when the city is normally...