It is the most expensive and exotic coffee in the world. The price of Misha coffee is $ 1,400.00 per kilo, and it is processed in the highlands of the Peruvian Amazon in South America, by the coatis (Nasua nasua).
When the coffee cherries ripen, its deep red color, sweet pulp, attract many wild animals, including the raccoon, which only feeds on the best coffee cherries. The coffee then goes through the animal’s digestive system, and due to the animal not being able to digest the entire coffee cherry, the coffee is released with the animals stool. Then, through a careful process, the coffee is washed and dried in stainless steel trays in a solar dehydrator, and then is subsequently milled to remove the second layer or parchment. After those process are complete, the coffee is then ready for roasting and grinding.
What is the difference between regular coffee and Misha coffee, and why is Misha Coffee so expensive?
When coffee beans are in the digestive system of the Coati, proteolytics gastric acid filter and cut the grain nucleus, and then the coffee comes in contact with peptides and amino acids, which results less bitter coffee that has an intense aroma that lingers on the palate of your tongue. The animal is fed not only coffee but also various kinds of fruits and vegetable. These scents permeate the core of the grain, thus making it into the most delicious coffee in the world.
They will say, “That is disgusting! Am I consuming coffee that was in animals feces?”
That's no problem, because the animal only removes the first shell. The coffee beans that are among the stools are covered by the second shell, which after carefully washing and drying, and the coffee being milled, the final product is sanitary and clean. In addition to the washing, the coffee is then roasted at 220 °C, which eliminates any remaining mycobacteria’s, which then makes the coffee safe for human consumption.
People have enjoyed this coffee since the early XVII, when people first started drinking this coffee in the East Indies. This type of coffee became the exclusive coffee of the highest social circles of the world.
In Peru, through the certified organic, biodynamic, and Fair Trade Coffee program, Highland Coffee Products connects with women's associations in Satipo and Chanchamayo, which is located between 1300 - 2000 meters above sea level, and are currently producing over 450 kilograms per year.