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Cat poo brew

kopiluwak.jpg So much for Queensland not being cultured. The state now boasts the nation’s most expensive cup of coffee, and it comes courtesy of the digestive tract of a cat-like creature from the jungles of Indonesia.

The rare Kopi Luwak coffee brew will soon be on the menu at Herveys Range Heritage Tea Rooms, about 40 minutes west of Townsville – for $50 a cup.

The beans for the exclusive brew are retrieved from the droppings of the luwak, a cat-like member of the civet family which is found in Indonesia’s Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi. Luwaks like eating ripe coffee cherries, but are apparently particular about which ones they choose – seeking out only the most luscious. The inner bean is not digested, meaning they can be retrieved from the luwak poo. The beans are then washed and given only a light roast so as to not destroy the complex flavours which develop through the whole process – and then sold for up to $1250 [Australian] per kg.

Fans of the brew say the luwak’s stomach enzymes break down proteins in the beans, making a smoother brew with no bitterness.

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Cattle take to drink

Cattle at Margaret River, Western Australia, are drinking premium red wine as owners aim to provide prime beef to a restaurant chain. The Wagyu breed cattle are getting one litre a day of Hayshed Hills Pitchfork and Alexander Bridge cabernet sauvignon merlot mixed in with their regular feed of wheat, barley, oats, lupins and hay. Akio Yamamoto, a Japanese celebrity chef-cum-restaurateur has specified that the wine be given to the cattle.

“He wants to compete with Matsuzaka, which is top-quality Wagyu beef that comes from cattle fed with beer,” John McLeod, managing director of Margaret River Premium Meat Exports, said yesterday.

In Japan, where music is played to prime Wagyu cattle, which are given beer and massaged, their steaks command restaurant prices twice the normal price. Mr McLeod said the wholesale price of the Australian wine-fed Wagyu beef was $100 [Australian] a kilogram.

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They thought maybe he was a reincarnation of Scarface?

Rueters via Yahoo News
Hundreds of people protested in a remote village in eastern India after police arrived to arrest a three-month-old boy for robbery, police and witnesses said Friday.  The infants name was subsequently dropped from a list of people accused of robbing bus passengers last week, according to Sunit Kumar, senior police officer in the town of Muzzafarpur in the poor and lawless state of Bihar.

“We will conduct an investigation to find out how this happened in the first place,” Kumar told Reuters by telephone.

Villagers were angered when a police team arrived with a list of accused, including the boy.

“How could our little Praveen be named an accused?” said Shakila Devi, the childs mother.

Kumar said the boy may have been named by the complainant “with a malicious intent.”

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Jonesing for a world record

Reuters via Yahoo! News
The saying “Keeping up with the Joneses” could not have been more apt on Friday as Joneses from around the globe headed to Cardiff to set a new world record. Joneses from as far afield as the United States and Australia flocked to the Welsh capital to beat the world record for a gathering of people with the same family name.

The Welsh bid hopes to attract up to 2,000 Joneses to a show in Cardiff where they will be entertained by singers and dancers, all called Jones, including former Bond actress, supermodel and pop icon Grace Jones, who headlines the show.

The current Guinness World Record for a gathering of people with the same name is 583 Norbergs in Sweden.

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