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For the aspiring gourmand
In parts of Vietnam, they make coffee out of beans that have been eaten and then “passed” by caged weasels. You can buy the product online for $90 per 100 grams; $180 if you want your beans to have been deposited by wild weasels. It’s supposed to be delicious—“exquisitely rich with a chocolate overtone and creamy mouth feel,” according to the website www.shop.weaselcoffees.com—though perhaps not 100 times better than the Colombian stuff I brew at home for 1/100th of the cost.
Which brings us to a dilemma: in a world where virtually anything can be obtained for a price, what constitutes good value in the increasingly exotic and upmarket world of gourmet food shopping? Is an $80 bottle of olive oil worth every penny, or is it no more than a fey foodie affectation? Is locally grown food worth the extra cost? What about organic?
For the aspiring gourmand, it can all get a bit confusing. That’s why MoneySense asked our team of food experts to help decipher which premium-priced products are worth buying, offer advice on how to get the best bang for your buck when purchasing fine food, and identify a few must-have kitchen appliances for preparing all that good stuff. Here’s what they had to say (Spoiler alert: weasel coffee didn’t make the cut).