GOLDEN TRIANGLE, Thailand -- Miki Giles from Hong Kong tastes the Black Ivory Coffee at breakfast as Meena, a 6-year-old baby elephant, gets curious at the Anantara Golden Triangle resort.
Black Ivory Coffee, started by Canadian coffee expert Blake Dinkin, is made from Thai arabica hand picked beans. The coffee is created from a process whereby coffee beans are naturally refined by a Thai elephant.
It takes about 15 to 30 hours for the elephant to digest the beans, and later they are plucked from their dung and washed and roasted.
Approximately 10,000 beans are picked to produce 1kg of roasted coffee. At $500 per pound, the cost per serving of the elephant coffee equals $50, making the exotic new brew the world's priciest.
It takes 33 kilograms of raw coffee cherries to produce 1 kilo of Black Ivory Coffee.