Oooh, your Mom will love these exotic treats, especially if she's a
coffee and/or tea drinker. They are very rare brews and, for the first
time, they are available to order on-line!
First, for the Mom who's loves her joe. There's the 'out the butt and into your cup' Civet Crap Choice Coffee, or Kopi Luwak, as the natives call it. Made from the poop of the Paradoxurus hermaphroditis, aka the Asian Palm Civet Cat. It's not regular cat poop, as the Civet Cat only eats the cherries of the coffee plant, the part that native pickers usually save for themselves.
The cherry pits ferment in the Civet Cats' delicate digestive systems and eventually, the cats poop out the pits. When ground, Civet Cat poop makes the world's best coffee. Only 500 kgs of Kopi Luwak is harvested each year, so buy the Civet Crap Choice Coffee while you can!
Civet Coffee (Kopi Luwak)
If your mom likes tea (I suppose she's British or something), there's just as rare a brew for her -- a tea that grows wild on the Chinese mountain tops that is picked by monkeys. That's right; it's called Monkey Picked Tea, or Ma Nau Mi Ti Kuan Yin.
The tradition of monkey tea picking began centuries ago, when a Chinese monk could not reach the tea leaves he wanted. His monkey, knowing his owner well, wanted to please his master, so he climbed the mountain and picked the tea leaves. Many people in villages throughout China trained their monkeys to pick the tea leaves at the top of the mountain, but now, in these modern times, only one village continues the tradition.
A rare find for mothers who love their tea, with the most exotic of tea flavors, Monkey Picked Tea is also healthy. "Full of antioxidants, this tea will calm your soul, temper your spirit, and put
you in divine touch with your monkey ancestors."
Monkey Picked Tea (Ma Nau Mi Ti Kuan Yin)
The Civet Crap Choice Coffee and the Monkey Picked Tea are both available from the rare and exotic ThinkGeek.com.
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