db88 db88 posted March 27th, 2009 at 6:02 pm to Shopping. Viewed 1448 times. Answered 18 times.

I am looking for Weasel Coffee or ca phe chon. The coffee beans that have been carefully selected and digested by a weasel, then used to make coffee. I have seen photos online at a location in the Old Quarter, but I have not found an address. Any ideas?

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virezo wrote on March 27th, 2009 at 11:17 pm
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db88, if you're looking for "coffee beans that have been carefully selected and digested by a weasel, then used to make coffee" then you'll never find them on earth.
The story about those weasels digest coffee was made up (by sellers I guess). It's not true.
How many weasel they need to "produce" enough coffee to sell? The number may equal Hanoi population.
It's so funny that many Vietnamese believe in such a story like that.
I'll leave the real story for your search. Take a tip to Tay Nguyen plateau ;)

Zozza wrote on March 28th, 2009 at 8:51 am

Monkey coffee does exist though..
Kopi Luwak is a rare and gourmet coffee from Indonesia that is made from beans passed through the digestive system of monkeys.

quick google search showed up this from Trung Nguyen

Maybe a trung-nguyen coffee shop should be your first stop. There is one on Le Van Huu, near Apollo.

Jeff wrote on March 28th, 2009 at 9:07 am

Coffee is produced in Dak Lak province using civet cats.

jay_t wrote on March 28th, 2009 at 9:10 am
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You can try Trung Nguyen's coffee #8. This is equivalent to the "weasel coffee" flavor/ taste and can only be bought in Trung Nguyen's cafe - about VND 500K for 1 kilo.

harri_vn wrote on March 29th, 2009 at 11:09 am

i don't know if its actually made in that way or whether its just a scam but you can buy it luong ngoc quyen i think [it might be the street thats just up from luong ngoc quyen but i can't remember the name...its just up from hair of the dog]. I saw it when i drove past yesterday.
Not sure if this is helpful or not...

Aaron wrote on March 29th, 2009 at 5:16 pm
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Wouldn't the weasels be chewing the beans during the eating process? And if so how do they (the beans) come out the other end all whole roasted?

On another note, I think you can find them on Hang Buom or in the market off of Hang Be in the Old Quarter. Just look for the packaging with the weasel-looking picture on it.

db88 wrote on April 5th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Thanks for the tips. Weather it is true or not, it will be interesting to try!

BacDavid wrote on April 15th, 2009 at 7:33 am

You'll find coffee grinders on Hang Buom Street in the old quarter. On Le van Hieu Street, off Pho Hue, near the Cho Hom market, Mai's caters to an upscale clientele.

Nybbler wrote on April 15th, 2009 at 10:20 am
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Animals actually eat the whole bean cherries but only digest the fruity stuff and so the bean itself goes out one way or the other.

But the stuff you can normally buy is made differently. Nguyen obviously found the enzyme which pre-processes the bean and applies that on the beans so allegedly it tastes the same.

I always buy at "Tour Cafe" in Hang Buom. "Weazel #1" costs 620.000/Kilo (easily bargained down to 600K and a free coffee maker (be sure to get one with the screw-on sieve) and a free drink). Quite a lot but the taste is so awesome! Be aware as the beans are complete beans. Not all grinders can handle that well. Normally you get half beans. I still feel being ripped off (it's pricey, they give you free goodies, they are very friendly (though it really feels genuine)). One girl talks English, with the others I had to try my Vietnamese. Buy a French bun 2 houses down the road and have it with a coffee here. A great break from the hectic.


I just added the place:

tctaft wrote on April 15th, 2009 at 5:30 pm
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Hmmm .... I don't think those have been coffee beans that you have been enjoying. If they've been through a weasel, then they ain't beans my friend. You've been had. Rabbit beans are good too. Maybe a little larger, not quite as firm but equally as enjoyable (i'm sure) as weasel beans. Vegetarians love them.

tctaft wrote on April 17th, 2009 at 2:00 am
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OK. I was so intriqued by the weasel poop that I went out and got some today. It smells great and tastes good too. I just hope that I don't grow a sleak coat and end up being skinned and turned into a smart little handbag or collar. If you want to find some of this weasel excrement, get on Ta Hien, go to the beer corner, turn left, follow the road around the bend and you'll find a couple of weasel purveyors on your left, about 50 metres along. The cost was about 120,000 vnd for 1/2 a kilo. She will try to sell you Java, Mocha, Arabica and other such flavours as well. But we know there's nothing like the weasel. Accept no substitutes.

Grant wrote on April 22nd, 2009 at 3:47 pm
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tctaft - that wasn't Cafe a la Con Chon you bought. The actual stuff is in the range of $US300 - 400 a kilo. As you can imagine, there's not a great deal of it produced. You can buy Cafe Chon (can't type the accents here) but it hasn't anything to do with Civet Cats. Just a name of a coffee brand where Chon doesn't mean the animal.
The real stuff is damn cool and sort of sweet......no ill side effects apart from the occasional lapse into tourettes....

Danthetaydevil wrote on April 22nd, 2009 at 3:58 pm
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I think your all mad for wanting to drink something thats been through the digestive tract of a weasle and shot out its rusty sherrifs badge onto the floor of the forrest. What sort of person things of this...take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror and give yourself a good open palmed slap to the face...
Make peace with the universe...

Grant wrote on April 22nd, 2009 at 4:19 pm
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Contemplate a reverse pivot with twist and stop talking out your arse.
Sorry, it was the tourettes starting f**cking to kick in you ****

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trungthanh1901 wrote on November 14th, 2010 at 2:39 am

You can buy and drink original Weasel coffee at Huong Mai cafe, add: 15 Hang Manh - Hoan Kiem - Hanoi where the unique shop selling original Weasel coffee in the Old Quarter Hanoi, Vietnam since 1980. Organic coffee. If you do not believe you can drink to try and feel the difference of its. You can to buy some Weasel coffee by shipping. Order via Email: Huongmaicafe@yahoo.com or phamtan191@gmail.com

tctaft wrote on November 14th, 2010 at 8:17 am
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Weasel poop or no weasel poop, it's damned good coffee! A good cup of weasel poop is the only way to start your day! Two or three will carry you through til lunch time.

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JosaNguyen wrote on October 5th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Hi all,
It is great to join this group.
I know a little about weasel coffee.
Maybe, I can share to you.
First, you can see it at:

you can make reference at link.
If you would like to know more, please contact with me.
My email: bichsuongthi@yahoo.com
Skype: bichsuong.nguyen.

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lonelywanderer wrote on August 10th, 2015 at 7:30 am

I have terrible experiences with vietnam weasel coffee in Hang Buom strt and Dinh Tien Hoang strt. I went to many coffee shops there looking for real good coffee but most of them are just oilly bean with too much ingredients and flavours. They sell coffee in very bad packaging and poor sealing work. Dont think I'm gonna buy from another shop rather than Trung Nguyen Brand and Huongmai Cafe brand, both of them are registed with the government so as long as I'm staying in here I will stick to these two bad boys:
Trung Nguyen sang tao 8: http://www.trung-nguyen-online.co.uk/page_sangtao8.php
Huongmai cafe brand: http://www.huongmaicafe.com/coffee/roasted/weasel-legend-coffee.html

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