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Topic: bat guana coffee?? (Les) (10 msgs / 268 lines)
1) From: Dennis Reeder
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A good friend of mine, Bruce, once offered me a cup of the infamous  
bat guano coffee.  It was indeed tasty.  As Mr. Wayne explained to  
me, the coffee is both quite robust and, unfortunately, quite  
pricey.  If one considers the size of the bat digestive track then  
you might imagine the quantity of beans that must be consumed by the  
bat to produce a mere shot.  Apparently the beans are not digested so  
the term "shot" is quite appropriate.  Several of the beans collect  
at the terminus of the bat's digestive tract.  When enough back  
pressure is created the beans are expelled with a large whoooshing  
sound.  In fact the "shot" is so extreme that sometimes the bat is  
catapulted to its demise.  This of course increases the cost of these  
rare beans.  As you might suspect "harvesting" the beans is quite  
labor-intensive.  The job requires long training, dexterity, an  
olfactory deficiency and acute eyesight.  The sparse beans are  
collected from deep inside Gua Telingan, a massive cave located in  
the Taman Negara rainforest.  Over the centuries, generations of  
indigenous Malaysians have past down their skills and secrets of  
collecting the bat beans. However, encroaching civilization probably  
guarantees the demise of these peoples and their unique talents.  As  
they and their fellow tribesmen gradually vanish the opportunity to  
enjoy the brewed Chiroptera-processed bean disappears.  So should you  
have the opportunity to enjoy this heady brew I would encourage you  
to partake with much haste.
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A good friend of mine, Bruce, once =
offered me a cup of the infamous bat guano coffee.  It was indeed =
tasty.  As Mr. Wayne explained to me, the coffee is both quite robust =
and, unfortunately, quite pricey.  If one considers the size of the =
bat digestive track then you might imagine the quantity of beans that =
must be consumed by the bat to produce a mere shot.  Apparently the =
beans are not digested so the term "shot" is quite appropriate.  =
Several of the beans collect at the terminus of the bat's digestive =
tract.  When enough back pressure is created the beans are expelled =
with a large whoooshing sound.  In fact the "shot" is so extreme that =
sometimes the bat is catapulted to its demise.  This of course =
increases the cost of these rare beans.  As you might suspect =
"harvesting" the beans is quite labor-intensive.  The job requires =
long training, dexterity, an olfactory deficiency and acute eyesight. =
 The sparse beans are collected from deep inside Gua Telingan, a massive =
cave located in the Taman Negara rainforest.  Over the centuries, =
generations of indigenous Malaysians have past down their skills and =
secrets of collecting the bat beans. However, encroaching civilization =
probably guarantees the demise of these peoples and their unique =
talents.  As they and their fellow tribesmen gradually vanish the =
opportunity to enjoy the brewed Chiroptera-processed bean disappears.  =
So should you have the opportunity to enjoy this heady brew I would =
encourage you to partake with much =
haste.=
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2) From: Tom Ulmer
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Was it served by Alfred?  
From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Dennis Reeder
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2005 3:29 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: +Re: bat guana coffee?? (Les)
A good friend of mine, Bruce, once offered me a cup of the infamous bat
guano coffee. It was indeed tasty. As Mr. Wayne explained to me, the coffee
is both quite robust and, unfortunately, quite pricey. If one considers the
size of the bat digestive track then you might imagine the quantity of beans
that must be consumed by the bat to produce a mere shot. Apparently the
beans are not digested so the term "shot" is quite appropriate. Several of
the beans collect at the terminus of the bat's digestive tract. When enough
back pressure is created the beans are expelled with a large whoooshing
sound. In fact the "shot" is so extreme that sometimes the bat is catapulted
to its demise. This of course increases the cost of these rare beans. As you
might suspect "harvesting" the beans is quite labor-intensive. The job
requires long training, dexterity, an olfactory deficiency and acute
eyesight. The sparse beans are collected from deep inside Gua Telingan, a
massive cave located in the Taman Negara rainforest. Over the centuries,
generations of indigenous Malaysians have past down their skills and secrets
of collecting the bat beans. However, encroaching civilization probably
guarantees the demise of these peoples and their unique talents. As they and
their fellow tribesmen gradually vanish the opportunity to enjoy the brewed
Chiroptera-processed bean disappears. So should you have the opportunity to
enjoy this heady brew I would encourage you to partake with much haste.

3) From: Edward Spiegel
At 3:28 PM -0400 8/16/05, Dennis Reeder wrote:
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Are you sure it comes from bats and that it wasn't kopi luwak which comes from civets? I have searched for references to bat guano coffee and haven't found any. I have found a number of articles about Gua Telinga and none mention the collection of coffee.
I would be interested to read an article about this if you could provide a reference.
Best,
Edward

4) From: Edward Spiegel
At 3:28 PM -0400 8/16/05, Dennis Reeder wrote:
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Are you sure it comes from bats and that it wasn't kopi luwak which comes from civets? I have searched for references to bat guano coffee and haven't found any. I have found a number of articles about Gua Telinga and none mention the collection of coffee.
I would be interested to read an article about this if you could provide a reference.
Best,
Edward

5) From: Jeff Oien
Edward Spiegel wrote:
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That had to be a joke. The part about being catapulted to their
death gave it away. It was extremely well written though. If
Dennis wrote that himself it was exemplary.
JeffO

6) From: Gary Bennett
The thing that really gave it away was the friends name.
Very well written.
Regards, Gary
On 8/17/05, Jeff Oien  wrote:
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This was beginning to form the basis of a good Batman episode!
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
On 8/16/05, Gary Bennett  wrote:
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"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the 
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8) From: Edward Spiegel
At 7:34 PM -0500 8/16/05, Jeff Oien wrote:
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Boy how much egg can fit o my face. That serves me right for posting to the group before having had my afternoon cuppa.
:)

9) From: Dennis Reeder
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Jeff, Edward and Gary:
You are correct the brew was indeed served by none other than the  
ubiquitous butler Alfred.
Kudos to those who recognized the caped crusader incognito.
The entire account is facetious.  I apologize as too many years of  
writing press releases have left me with the dubious ability for  
making the implausible seem reasonable.
With some "actual" photographs of the bats, the caves, the native  
gatherers and a website I imagine I could create an urban legend.   
Probably could sell some bat beans too.  And that's rather frightening!
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Jeff, Edward and =
Gary:
You are = correct the brew was indeed served by none other than the ubiquitous = butler Alfred.  
Kudos to those who = recognized the caped crusader incognito. 
The entire account is = facetious.  I apologize as too many years of writing press releases = have left me with the dubious ability for making the implausible seem = reasonable.
With some "actual" = photographs of the bats, the caves, the native gatherers and a website I = imagine I could create an urban legend.  Probably could sell some bat = beans too.  And that's rather frightening!= --Apple-Mail-1--51474802--

10) From: J.W.Bullfrog
Dennis Reeder wrote:
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Funny! Thats what I was thinking. :-D
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Life in the fast lane ......
It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.
It is by the juice of aribica that thoughts acquire speed,
the lips acquire stains.
The stains become a warning.
It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.


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