Adelaide-based Espresso Evangelist, Steve Davis, has developed the first, homemade, decaf, Weasel Coffee in the world, using a domesticated cat.
Weasel Coffee or Kopi Luwak is a highly prized and expensive coffee produced from beans excreted by the Asian Palm Civet (commonly referred to as cats or weasels that inhabit forests throughout Asia) once it has eaten coffee berries. It is believed the digestive process improves the coffee flavour.
‘My journey towards creating my own “weasel” coffee happened by accident,’ says Mr Davis.
‘I spilled some coffee beans into my cat’s food bowl and before I could clean the bowl the cat had eaten them.
‘It seemed to love the beans so I experimented some more and here we are a few years later with a cat that demands coffee beans before it eats its ‘proper food’.
‘It was only when I noticed that the beans were passing through the cat intact, that the idea occurred to me of systemising the process in the hope of producing my own decaf “weasel” coffee.
‘The down side was the rowdy behaviour at night due to the caffeine content, but now that we use our low caffeine Baristador blends, everybody wins,’ he says.
Baristador Coffee specialises in a double roast blend of espresso coffee, with modified levels of caffeine to meet the needs of coffee lovers who are insomniacs, breast-feeding, or under medical orders to reduce caffeine consumption.
Mr Davis says the enterprise has helped him introduce his young daughters to developing a work ethic and understanding commerce, as they have taken on the role of sorting coffee beans from the cat stools.
‘We treat it as a game, hunting for beans or peas among the “mud”,’ he says.
‘After a little wash and grind, we have a sweet, earthy coffee with a unique taste.
‘It is not yet available for public sale but I am submitting samples for testing today, April First, and I am sure the wait will be similar to the waiting period between beans entering and leaving our prize cat, Vivvy,’ says Mr Davis.
More photos and video available on the Baristador Website.
Baristador Coffee is a coffee service for lovers of fine, espresso coffee beans and blends in Australia, who want or need to reduce their caffeine intake while still enjoying full-flavoured, top-shelf coffee.
- The Benchmark Blend B70 (30 per cent less caffeine than standard espresso blends)
- The Benchmark Blend B30 (70 per cent less caffeine)
- The Benchmark Blend B01 (my organic, Swiss Water Method-processed, “decaf” blend, which has as close to no caffeine as we can claim)
The range retails for $14.50 per pack (currently $13.25) with three “grinds” available – espresso, plunger, and whole beans.
Baristador Coffee, Espresso Evangelist, Steve Davis