In case you didn't know, coffee beans are actually the pit of the coffee cherry -- an otherwise inedible fruit. When people pick coffee, they pick a fairly wide range of coffee cherries, from not quite ripe, to over-ripe. This affects the quality of the coffee eventually brewed from the beans.
The more perfectly ripe the coffee cherries are when picked, the better and more consistent the coffee flavor. Some human-picked plantations are quite good at picking perfectly ripe cherries, but most are not. There are, however, other ways to pick coffee.
Much debate is made over whether the coffee is superior because of the ripeness of the beans, or because of the enzymatic action involved. In any case, Kopi Luwak coffee is expensive, and many people can't get over the origins -- it's made from poop, after all!
This isn't the case with the newest entry in the category of animal harvested coffe, and this animal spits out the pits -- so you don't have the poop factor to worry about.
You know, people get a little crazy about their coffee, don't they. We serve excellent coffee here at Rockhoppers, but we're only slightly obsessive about it. We are careful to treat our shots with respect, not leaving them standing around, and we use the best coffee beans available without animal participation. I think that's enough for us mere humans, don't you?
Animals and coffee on Whidbey Island.