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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Ass Coffee


Kopi Luwak or Civet coffee is coffee made from coffee berries which have been eaten by and passed through the digestive tract of the Common Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus). The animals gorge on the ripe berries, and the undigested beans are excreted. This process takes place on the islands of Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago, in the Philippines (where the product is called Kape Alamid), in the country of Vietnam, and the coffee estates of south India. Vietnam has a similar type of coffee, called Weasel Coffee which also comes from the droppings of coffee beans after weasels eat robusta coffee cherries.

Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world, selling up to $70 USD per quarter pound,( http://www.coffeebreakgourmet.com ) and is sold mainly in Japan and United States, but it is increasingly becoming available elsewhere, though supplies are limited.

Kopi is the Indonesian word for coffee, and luwak is a local name of the Palm Civet. The raw, red coffee berries are part of its normal diet, along with insects, small mammals, and other fruit. The inner bean of the berry is not digested, but it is believed that enzymes in the stomach of the civet add to the coffee's flavor by breaking down the proteins that give coffee its bitter taste. The beans are excreted still covered in some inner layers of the cherry, and locals then gather them and sell them to dealers. The beans are washed, and given only a light roast so as to not destroy the complex flavors which develop through the whole process. While praised by many for its rich flavor, the unusual origin and manner of production lead some drinkers to deride it as "cat poop coffee" or "monkey poo coffee," while others deem it worthy of the title "ass-coffee."

Who wants coffee?

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  • Arizona Fall League update:

    10/13: Fernando Martinez went 1 for 3 with one strikeout to raise his average to .091 in Mesa's loss to Grand Canyon.
    10/14: Phil Humber got the start for Mesa and went two innings, gave up two hits, one earned run, and one walk while striking out three. Mike Pelfrey followed him in relief with one shut-out inning in which he walked two and struck out one. Fernando went 0 for 4 with one strikeout.
    10/16: Fernando Martinez 'broke out' with a 2 for 4 day and struck out once. He is batting .158 so far in the AFL.

    Listen to Phil Humber and Mike Pelfrey at noon today with Jonathan Mayo. I’m listening and they did not come on yet, so hurry up and get over there.

  • Sweet Lou? Check. The first 40/40/40 guy? Maybe....

    What a great fit Soriano would be for the Cubs and the Astros for that matter. I cannot think of two teams that need him more and with a healthy Derek Lee, a better manager, and Alfonso Soriano, the Cubs could be the most improved team in 2007.

  • Manny Acta is most likely going to find a managerial postition this off-season.

    Though Pujols has known Acta for years, the WBC was his first opportunity to play for Acta. And while Acta impressed Pujols with his insight and ideas about managing, what stood out was the way Acta got the most out of every player.

    "Just the personal relationships, how he got along with the guys -- everybody just loves him," Pujols said. "He's pretty much laid-back, but always the message that he had was very focused. I've known him for about six years, and he's pretty much great."

    Pujols' thoughts on Acta seem typical. Mets shortstop Jose Reyes' eyes and smile both grew wide when he heard Acta will interview for the Rangers' job once the Mets conclude postseason play.

    There should be some opening on the Mets staff next season and I hope they start promoting from within from the bevy of solid coaches they have in their minor league system.

  • Great news! Trachsel will be ready to pitch game seven!

    Raise your hand if you think the Mets would risk putting a game seven to go to the mother fucking World Series on Steve Trachsel's extremely incapable right arm? Not one person, huh?

  • Ziiiiing!

    After speaking with reporters, Glavine went to play catch and ride an exercise bike to break a sweat. Then he considered what to do with his unexpected free time.

    See the Gateway Arch?

    “Probably not too much to see up there,” Glavine said.

    Nope Tom, not much.

  • Daisuke is looking to be a pretty expensive buy.

    “You’re trying to assess how much interest there really is in the player,” said San Diego Padres General Manager Kevin Towers, speaking of the bidding process. “It depends on how much you want the player. If you want him, you don’t want to make a lowball bid. But also, if there’s not a lot of interest, you don’t want to overpay.”

    After the 2003 season, Towers made a successful bid of $300,000 for the rights to reliever Akinori Otsuka. The Matsuzaka bid should dwarf that figure. Valentine predicted it would cost a team more than $20 million for the right to negotiate with Matsuzaka. (The Mariners’ winning bid for Suzuki was $13.125 million.) Then the team must negotiate a contract with Matsuzaka, who has leverage because he can return to Japan and put off free agency until next season, when all teams can talk with him.

    The entire posting system is interesting. The highest bidder just flat out gets him. No back and forth. One and done so make it a good one.

  • The Duque can dance.

    "Willie (Randolph) give. I take," Hernandez said when asked about his availability. "Right now I'm not feeling anything. I'm running. Not hard, but I'm running, (using a) bicycle. The trainers are doing very well with me. I come early every day. I work out every day hard. Now I can dance."

    Knowing the Mets get The Duque back in the World Series should give them a bit of bump in terms of momentum.

    "He threw a 72-pitch bullpen (session Sunday)," Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson said. "He said he felt great, excellent. His arm feels great and he can see himself coming back. He wants so desperately to be a part of this. This is what he lives for. He's a big-game pitcher and we'd love to have him."

    I'm pumped. I never thought I'd be so happy at the thought of The Duque taking the mound.

  • Should Cliff be kept on the roster? I'm not so sure about that.

    "I tried to run (Sunday). It didn't feel too good. Some things you just have to try. You just want your teammates not to be like, 'Here we go again. Tryouts.' It's not the time for tryouts. In my opinion, I don't think it's a bad move putting me on the roster because I feel like I can help."

    A big bat off the bench is nice, but the Mets have bigger issues here. I would love to see a Kirk Gibson moment from him, but the Mets also need to be realistic and look at their bigger needs here.

  • I love it.... Now the excuses come out. What player is not banged up at this time of the year?

  • The Mets pre-game and post-game shows are big hit.

    "I didn't realize Mets fans had so much fun before and after games," Darling said yesterday.

    You should see me in the parking lot with my 30 pack of PBRs offering candy to children. It's a hoot.

  • Anyone still think Delgado was not needed because the Mets had Mike Jacobs?

    Carlos Delgado certainly has made the most of his first postseason appearance, taking out on opposing pitchers 12 years of disappointment at sitting home in October. Delgado leads all players with nine RBI in this series, is batting .400 and, along with teammate Carlos Beltran, has hit three home runs.

    "Carlos is obviously having a fantastic inaugural postseason," Glavine said.

    Silly bitches.

    Blogger Kenny said...

    Wikipedia is a beautiful thing.
    Ass coffee? Not so much.

    Great post today.

    Now it is time to kick some ass. We can't afford a Game 7 if the Human Rain Delay is starting. I have to give it to Trax though. He saw that we lost Mr. Monday and he's doing everything in his power to give us an oppurtunity to use that nickname again.

    1:47 PM

    Anonymous DG said...

    I agree with John Towers reasoning on Matsuwakawaka completely. I never ever would have thought of it that way!

    Yes, Floyd on roster as a DH. Just don't expect any triples. (He still seemed to be swinging well despite the achilles tendon before he tweaked it again). Eggshells.

    STEVE TRACHSELL IS MY MAN!!! Bet everyone just lost their lunch. No way in Game 7. The guy's not recovered from whatever forced him to leave the team. I would follow that with how average of a pitcher he is if it was for the fact that it is not like we have any screaming option.

    My thought would be OPerez sequing into Oliver. Oliver has been very good in long relief, but I am way too scared of the guy and his gopher balls. I realize OP has not been very good, but he is not scared that's for sure. (Someone in ST is going to teach him a change up. I wish he had it now.)

    Lastly, pet peeve:

    How could Willie have used Roberto Hernandez last year nearly to the breaking point and then completely ignore him this year? His lack of confidence in him makes you think he was not happy with the Nady trade at all.

    1:51 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Well, I'm not sold the 'ass coffee' truly is not swellicious, but actually drinking it? Not going to happen.

    Trachsel is a bum. We've known that he was useless since day #1. He's done as a Major League starter.

    Fuck. DH! I'm dumb. I really must apologize for forgetting about that minor...minor detail. However, if he is truly that banged up and is station to station running, one has to wonder if his bat actually outweighs the negative of his non-running. Now that Millo has been out since the regular season, one would think he is useless. The Mets seemingly have no choice in the matter.

    The guy's not recovered from whatever forced him to leave the team. I would follow that with how average of a pitcher he is if it was for the fact that it is not like we have any screaming option.

    True dat...the same suffers from an extreme lack of skill above all. Stop with the excuses. I'm not saying something bad did not happen to him personally and I hope everything is OK, but c'mon. He sucks. We expected nothing and got nothing.

    Oliver y Oliver will be OK for game #7. Ideal? Couldn't be further from it. But it will have to do. That being said, get it done in six so it does not come down to that.

    DG, Robo would have played bigger into the plans if Mota wasn't here. It just so happens they got him after. I'm pissed about the Nady deal, but did he really have a choice? They needed a reliever. Nady would like pretty fucking nice right about now, but thems the breaks.

    2:20 PM

    Anonymous Danny said...

    I started reading about the ass coffee process, but I would rather be happy and ignorant. I will continue drinking all coffees as if that article didn't exist. I like hot dogs and sausage too.

    We have to win this game tonight. Period.

    I am looking at Reyes and Wright to bring the pain tonight. We can't expect Carlos y Carlos to keep this pace up.

    2:33 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Well at $70 bucks a pound, I'm pretty sure this coffee has touch a few lips...and the few lips it did touch, I'd stay away from those.

    I'm pretty excited for tonight Danny. The Mets have elephantitis of the cojones and know nothing but success. It's on.

    2:46 PM

    Anonymous D-D-D-D-D-D-D-DG said...

    I thought ass coffee was snorthing cocaine out of an asshole or something until I read your highly enlightening sports commentary on the subject! Why don't the Fox commentators bring up subjects like this? Could it be because they are dead? (Love to hear Gonzalez just say it once on National TV!)

    From Barnacle Bob Klapish who very often has privilidged information:

    Who would start Game 7?

    Oliver Perez
    Hard thrower, pitched reasonably well when Game 4 was still close. But would be working on three days' rest -- potential poison to his fastball.

    Darren Oliver
    Showed he's capable of holding down the Cardinals after blanking them for six innings in Game 3.

    Aaron Heilman
    Maybe next year when he returns to the rotation.

    Steve Trachsel
    Forward all mail to Willie Randolph's doghouse.

    "Maybe next year when he returns to the rotation"???
    Mota spells relief? Or this lack of depth convinces Omar to give the boy a shot?

    (And yes we expect more than sports commentary from you Mr. Michael OLIVER! Hey you got the name of the moment!)

    3:00 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Now we know why Trax's wife is drinking the landscapers ass coffee

    3:01 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    I'm with you DG...I'm not a purist. I like when the announcers go off topic. It keeps things interesting. Part of the problem is most of the guys are dinosaurs. Is older better? According to networks, yes. Get some fresh shit going on.

    Heilman to the rotation? It looks crowded already. Only way he gets moved is if they fail to land an ace. Other than that, Heilman will be in the bullpen forming possibly the best ever.

    3:17 PM

    Anonymous Dinga-Dinga-Dinga-DG said...

    McCarver used to be awesome back in his Met commentary days. Now he's like vinyl siding.

    Gonzalez has the right voice to say "ass candy," at least.

    I wouldn't be surprised if the Mets gave Heilman a shot again next season instead of rushing Pelfrey or pushing Humber to too many innings, but he's with the program:

    "I would like to do it," Heilman said of a Game 7 assignment. "But realistically, it would be silly to go away from the plan that got us here." Yep!

    3:30 PM

    Anonymous Regur-dg-ate said...

    ...to say "ass coffee" at least. Lost in a Sufi girl revery I guess!...

    3:32 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    That's a lot to ask of Heilman at this point. They will probably need him between now and then. To keep him out to start in a Game #7 after not starting since the Winter League is a bad idea.

    3:33 PM

    Anonymous Sidd Finch said...

    Has Heilman gone more than 2 innings since Spring Training?

    Then again, look at what Julian Tavarez did in September for the Sawx after relieving all season.

    3:59 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Yeah, it's possible. It would go down in Mets history if he did it and helped win the game with a sparkling outing, but unlikely.

    4:31 PM

    Anonymous metfaninutah said...

    Off-subject. But what do you think of "Lost" season three so far?

    4:39 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Lost season three? Lost can do no wrong. It's pretty crazy so far and I love how they manage to answer so many questions and slap you with tons more.

    It's been kind of weird ignoring the other side of the island, but things will smooth out in the next few episodes. They really brought out a lot already and I think they might even end this thing this season. It's hard to believe this can go on after this season now that the home of the others was laid out there unless they plan on sending Jack, Kate, and Sawyer home and no one goes to look for them, which we know they will.

    4:51 PM

    Anonymous benny said...

    Luis Gonzalez althoghu not good has been a super duper upgrade from the previous years of having Bret Boone up in the booth, ugh, horrible.

    We want Bob Costas back!

    Honostly though, Joe Buck and McCarver just don't bother me, maybe its because I don't really listen to them. I hear them but don't listen.
    I have to hear them... they have awesome voices for broadcasting but I don't listen.
    I only care about having a cool boradcasting voice and Joe buck, McCarver, Thom Brenaman, Steve Lyons and all those guys don't bother me.
    Although Joe Buck pissed me the fuck off last year with his stupid "Randy Moss" over reaction.

    4:53 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Yeah it's been a good season so far, but I heard they have six seasons already written. If that's truly the case the plot could really turn away from its roots.

    As for the mets, I think we gotta be thrilled to be tied 2-2. Reyes has played decent, but hasn't been quite himself and Wright hasn't hit too well. If those two start to put in their regular performances, I think we end this thing is six. And although Detroit will definitely have an upper hand in pitching, our lineup is far superior in my view. Plus i think the week off will hurt them a bit, coming out sluggish. I'd love nothing more than for the Mets to crush the Tigers in the WS, since so many people have jumped on the Detroit band wagon. "oh Detroit is awesome. they're unstoppable!" These are the same fags who criticized the Tigers down the stretch and predicted them getting swept by the Yankees.

    5:03 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    I think all broadcasting sucks. I like some more entertainment value in it and Cohen/Hernandez/Darling provide that. Everyone else should take note.

    As for Lost, we all think they have no idea what is going on either, but that's what makes it good, no?

    The Mets have to be thrilled man, I agree. They need to thank the baseball gods they are 2-2 and get it done. They have a great chance right here to end it in two while Pujols has evaporated and Tommy and Maine are on the hill.

    Reyes could win this thing himself if he plays like he should.

    I still can't decide if I like the week off or don't like it for Detroit. I'll get back to you on that one.

    5:10 PM

    Blogger Itsmetsforme said...

    that is amazing...i just posted about coffee...and ass! sort of. great minds...

    I think Manny Acta is the worst third base coach in history. Do I have at the ready facts i have marshalled? Nope. But i think i can make the case when i have time during hotstove. I just need some stats. I'll make the rest up.

    I love lost, and im happy for any episode that doesnt feature Jack. He is the worst decision maker in the history of dessert islands. desert. dessert. i can never spell that one, but i like the one you eat better. "What about my friends" "tell me about my friends"--fuck that shit, if you know how to get off the island, i dont give a tiny canadian actress' tit about some people i just met!

    Also, if there's a big semi-invisible swarm monster in the jungle, i dont give a shit about some dopes with fake mustaches (other than Bobby v.)--fuck the others, there's a goddamn invisible monster behind the trees, that's pretty much all I'd be thinking about, other than hitting as much tail as i could.

    In other words, how bout a little realism in this fantasy show?

    5:25 PM

    Anonymous metfaninutah said...

    Sorry if I got too much Lost talk on here. But yeah it's hella good! I actually like Jack and think Matthew Fox does a good acting job.

    Anyway I think Detroit's week off can either help them or hurt them, depending on whether they are rusty or not. it's gotta be hard to play after a week off, but at the same time, that's a lot of rest and they will be hella fresh!

    If Reyes gets going, GAME OVER. Even if Pujols gets going, Reyes will affect the game more. And I think Maine surprises the nation tomorrow by blowing the Cards away! Who cares who starts game 7 for the Mets, this thing is over in six.

    5:40 PM

    Anonymous jake said...

    well, the mets should be thrilled cause they make a living getting paid to play baseball and are in the playoffs. but not thrilled with 2-2. c'mon, it should be 3-1. we blew game two three times! remember, it was infuriating. damn, i'm pissed bc beating carpenter would have sealed the deal. oh well. let's win tonight then beat him tomorrow.

    5:43 PM

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    Your a very generous guy sharing your secrets to making money!

    5:59 PM

    Anonymous Danny said...

    I want to make extra money. After the game though...

    7:04 PM

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    7:44 PM

    Anonymous Benny Blanco from da Bronx said...

    How do you think Jeannie Zolasko looks without makeup?
    I mean, she kinda sorta has the makings of a MILF, but I'd be kinda scared to see how she looks without makeup.
    How you think she looks when she wakes up in the morning?

    8:18 PM

    Anonymous benny said...


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    8:26 PM

    Anonymous Sidd Finch said...

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    8:29 PM

    Anonymous joe said...

    hey guys! anyone need tickets for tonight? i have two in an upper box, near first base, second row. shoot me an e-mail if you're interested. i'm not trying to screw anyone, but i am trying to make some money on the deal to pay for my ticket tonight, so no face value offers...i smell a big win tonight this isn't the type of team that quits!

    10:06 AM


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