Man creates panda poop tea
On every 15th of December millions of tea drinkers around the world celebrate International Tea Day. While most of our teacups will be filled with the usual aromatic beverage from local supermarkets on that day, some will be sipping cups of tea made with panda droppings.
Yes, you read that right – panda poop!
A man in China has collected around five tons of panda excrement to create a new type of tea. It doesn’t come cheap, though, as the morning wakeup brew could fetch up to $80,000 per kilogram.
An Yanshi, who gathers the droppings from the Giant Panda breeding center in Chengdu, Sichuan province, wants to break the Guinness World Record for the most expensive tea once his first batch of blend is ready for sale. The tea is very expensive because of its rarity. After all, there aren’t many pandas left.
“Pandas have a very poor digestive system and only absorb about 30 per cent of everything they eat. That means their excrement is rich in fibres and nutrients,” Yanshi explained. “It has a mature, nutty taste and a very distinctive aroma while it’s brewing.”
Studies show that drinking three to four cups of tea a day reduces risk of heart attack, maintains hydration and improves alertness and mood.
The world’s most expensive coffee, Kopi Luwak, is made from the partially digested coffee beans plucked from the Indonesian civet cat’s poop.