Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Most Expensive Coffee In the World

The most expensive coffee in the world used to be Jamaican Blue Mountain. I once bought 1/4 pound for $15, because I had been told it was so good. In my opinion, I wasted $15. Well, there is a new most expensive coffee in the world. It is called Kopi Luwak, and it hails from Indonesia.

The Asian Palm Civet, a cat-sized weasel-like mammal, eats fresh berries from the coffee plant, digesting the outer skin and fruit and leaving behind the beans. Coffee producers collect the castings, clean, dry and roast them producing a coffee that is supposed to be the best in the world. It sells for up to $600 per pound. That translates to between $30 and $50 per cup. And, yes, when you drink a cup of Kopi Luwak coffee, you are drinking coffee from the poo of the civet cat. Go figure.

Sometimes we think that having money in church means having spirituality. I call it the "bottom line myth." It sounds like this, "We have some money in the bank, so we must be OK." This myth is as old as Christianity. When Jesus told the disciples that it was harder for a rich man to get into heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, their question was basically, "Wow, then who can get into heaven." Physical plenty does note equal spiritual plenty. Some of the poorest churches are the richest. And, some of the wealthiest "Christians' give the least and serve the least.

In our own church, one of the greatest times of spiritual unity and growth was when we were broke. Our lack got us on our knees like our plenty never has.