All coffee acts as a stimulant, but Civet coffee is in a category all its own. Popular in the Philippines and Vietnam, the coffee is considered the most expensive and exotic bean in the world. But why? It's actually coffee brewed from "cherries," eaten, digested, and "passed" (yes, the way you think) through the civet, imparting a musky chocolatey taste without the common bitter flavor that comes from traditional beans. Though, it may sound like a turn off, often being referred to as "crappucino" and "poo brew" it's prized given it's extreme rarity (only 500-1000 pounds produced per year) and musky quality.
[ Editor's Note: Chryste Gaines, MBA, Olympic gold and bronze medal sprinter and former teammate of Marion Jones in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, stated the following in a Dec. 22, 2008 email to in response to the IOC ruling:
"We are being unfairly punished. If the drug testing agencies cannot determine if an athlete is taking performance enhancing drugs how are the teammates supposed to know?... It negates all the family functions, church functions, and social events we missed in the name of winning an Olympic medal." ]