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Black Ivory Coffee is a brand of coffee exclusively produced by the Black Ivory Coffee Company Ltd in Northern Thailand from Arabica coffee beans consumed by elephants and collected from their feces.[1][2] The taste of Black Ivory coffee is influenced by elephant's stomach acid, which breaks down the coffee's protein.[2] The coffee beans are digested within 15 to 70 hours, and are present with various other ingredients in the elephants' stomachs, which imparts specific flavors to the product.[3]

Black Ivory coffee has been described as "very smooth without the bitterness of regular coffee" and is among the world's most expensive coffees, at $1,100 per kilogram.[2] It has limited availability, and at a few luxury hotels it is available at the price of USD $50 a cup.[3] The supply of Black Ivory coffee depends on the availability of coffee cherries, the appetite of the elephants, the number of beans destroyed through chewing of the beans and the ability of the mahouts and their wives to recover intact beans. The high price of the product is largely due to the large amount of coffee cherries needed to produce the finished product:[3] 33 kilograms (72 pounds) of raw coffee cherries result in 1 kilogram (2 pounds) of the finished product.[3] Most of the beans are not recoverable because they are chewed by the elephants, become fragmented, or after being excreted are unable to be found in the bush.[3]