Kitsilano BC: Coffee Beans Picked By Monkeys On Sale
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
You know there is a reason why I have a penchant for Columbian Coffee, perhaps it's taste, perhaps that Juan Valdez and his Loyal donkey lovingly hand pick the South American berries for me. Then there are other more exotic coffees on the market who do not carry Columbian for some reason. Kitsilano BC, for one, has gone that extra mile just for you!!!!
Kitsilano, teased as the "Mecca of Bandwaggonry", has lived up to it's name in it's recent "Jump onto Bandwaggonry" by offering Coffee Beans picked exclusively by South Indian Monkeys who take the beans into their mouth and suck on them for a while and god knows what else before it is picked from the ground. Not disgusting enough for ya?
"Ohh !! then wait, there's more", perhaps the succulent Sumatra Coffee Bean is more to your liking. These Coffee Beans in Sumatra are gobbled up by Civet Cats, who once digesting the errant coffee beans, promptly "Crap out the Beans" which are then collected and brought to your favourite Expresso Haunt.
So next time you get that $10.00 Tall Low Fat Foam Latte with a wisp of cinnamon, and proclaim to your Barista, that this Latte Sucks, and Tastes like Crap!! You are not far off in your assessment!.
Welcome to Kits, when "Suckage and Crap" are paramount in making your "First Cup of the Day" a memorable experience. And Now you Know!
As for French Roast, perhaps the accompanying Photo explains it all. That's my guess!
Monkey-picked coffee on sale here tomorrowStuart Hunter, The ProvincePublished: Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Making this specialty coffee was monkey business.
Vancouver's 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters have enlisted the aid of some unlikely workers in Southern India to help harvest the best coffee beans -- rhesus macaque monkeys.
The coffee critters, who work for peanuts, pick only the few sweetest beans from each plant, which they then store in their mouths for several hours while sucking on the "cherry" fruit before spitting out the inner bean.
A worker then collects the spat-out beans and they are cleaned and roasted, making his job slightly better than the person whose job it is to collect the Kopi Luwak -- Sumatran beans harvested from the "droppings" of civet cats.