For now, the only places to get it are a few Anantara luxury resorts, including one at the Golden Triangle beside the elephant foundation.
At sunset one recent evening in the hotel’s hilltop bar, an American couple sampled the brew. They said it surpassed their expectations.
‘‘I thought it would be repulsive,’’ said Ryan Nelson, 31, of Tampa, Florida. ‘‘But I loved it. It was something different. There’s definitely something wild about it that I can’t put a name on.’’
His wife Asleigh, a biologist and coffee lover, called it a ‘‘fantastic product for an eco-conscious consumer,’’ since the coffee helps fund elephant conservation.
But how does it taste?
‘‘Very interesting,’’ she said, choosing her words carefully. ‘‘Very novel.’’
‘‘I don’t think I could afford it every day on my zookeeper’s salary,’’ she said. ‘‘But I'm certainly enjoying it sitting here overlooking the elephants, on vacation.’’