Jacu Bird Coffee is one of the most expensive coffees in the world, selling for around $ 1,000 / kg.
Jacu Bird Coffee is one of the rarest and most expensive coffees in the world. It is made from the berries that Jacu birds eat, digest and excrete.
With an area of about 50 hectares, Camocim Estate is one of the small coffee plantations in Brazil, but it still makes quite a profit thanks to the very unique and sought-after coffee.
It all started in the early 2000s, when Henrique Sloper de Araújo woke up to find that his precious plantations had been devastated by the Jacu birds, a pheasant-like bird, being protected in Brazil. .
At first, Henrique Sloper de Araújo tried to drive the birds off his plantations, and even called the environmental police about this, but no one could do anything to help him.
This breed is protected by law, so he can’t really hurt them in any way. But then an idea flashed in his mind, and his despair turned to excitement.
In his youth, Sloper was an avid surf enthusiast, and the pursuit of waves for riding once brought him to Indonesia, where he was introduced to kopi luwak, one of the most expensive coffees in the world, made. from the beans harvested from the dung from the Indonesian civet.
This gave Sloper an idea. If the Indonesian can harvest the berries from the civet’s manure, then he can do the same with Jacu bird droppings.
“I realized I could try something similar with the Jacu bird, but coming up with an idea is only half the battle,” Henrique Sloper de Araújo told Modern Farmer.
“The real challenge lies in convincing my coffee pickers that instead of berries, they need to hunt for guano.”
Apparently, Sloper had to turn the Jacu guano hunt into a treasure hunt for the workers, providing them with the financial incentive to search for a certain amount of scrapped beans. .
But collecting Jacu guano is just the beginning of a very strenuous process. The berries must then be extracted from the feces by hand, washed and peeled from their protective film. It is this manual work that makes Jacu bird coffee significantly more expensive than other coffees, but that is not the only thing.
Henrique Sloper de Araújo said that the Jacu birds ate only the most delicious, ripe berries they found, which he had observed with his own eyes.
“I was quite surprised to observe from my living room the Jacu birds only chose the most ripe berries to eat and left more than half of the bunch, even the ones that look perfect to the human eye,” said the owner. of Camocim Estate said.
Unlike kopi luwak coffee digested by the Indonesian civet, the beans move more quickly through Jacu’s digestive system and are not broken down by animal protein or stomach acid. The resulting beans are roasted and have a unique and attractive flavor.