International Coffee Day – Weird Coffees Around the World


1st  October is the International Coffee Day. It is a global celebration of coffee’s journey from the farm to your local shop. The International Coffee Day was launched in March 2015 at event of the International Coffee Organization.  

Coffee is one of the most consumed beverage in the world. However, coffee beans are consumed in strange ways around the world and we’ve listed some of them below.

Kopi Luwak

Kopi Luwak or Civet coffee from Indonesia is one of the most expensive coffees in the world. What makes this coffee special (or strange) is that coffee beans are fed to civet cats and then collected from their faeces. Why? It is said that cat’s digestive process intensifies the flavour of coffee.

Monkey Spit Coffee

If the cat poop coffee didn’t intrigue you, we bring to you another exotic variant which is from Taiwan. Coffee beans are fed to Formosan macaque monkeys. The monkeys spit out the beans that they cannot digest. These beans are collected and included in the production of coffee, which finally give coffee with a distinct vanilla flavour.

Egg Coffee

Traditionally called as Cà Phê Trung is the egg coffee from Vietnam. When there was scarcity of milk in Vietnam, egg was substituted for it in various recipes. Thus, this strange coffee was invented. Egg coffee is creamy and sweet. It is a favourite of coffee connoisseurs.

Elephant Dung Coffee

As the name suggests, this coffee comes from dung of elephants. It is also called as the Black Ivory Coffee. Produced in northern Thailand, this coffee is supposed to have an earthy flavour. The gut reaction inside the elephant creates the coffee’s unique taste. The beans are fed to elephants and collected from their dung next day. Then they are cleaned to produce one of the most expensive coffees in the world.


If coffee with egg didn’t seem strange to you, this one definitely will. In Sweden, coffee is served with cheese. The cheese is made from reindeer milk and unlike regular cheese, this cheese tastes sweet.