May I Offer You A $200 Cup Of Organic Green Tea Grown With Panda Dung?

Pandas are prized all over the world, and now a Chinese entrepreneur is banking on that adorable appeal to sell $200 cups of green tea grown with the aid of panda poo. Of course, the man behind the dung tea is doing it all for the environment. And because he loves pandas, probably.

Reuters says the growing process in a mountainous region of China includes using tons of excrement from pandas living nearby at breeding centers. The first batch of the tea will go for 50 grams per lot at a price of $3,500 for each lot, making it the world’s most expensive tea.

The maker of the tea says he’s going to channel profits from those first batches to an environmental fund, and eventually bring down the price of future batches.

“I thank heaven and earth for blessing us with this environmental panda tea,” he told the crowd at an event promoting the tea while wearing a panda suit. “I just want to convey to the people of the world the message of turning waste into something useful, and the culture of recycling and using organic fertilizers.”

Apparently, panda fertilizer is great because they only eat wild bamboo, don’t absorb much of the nutrients, and then poop a lot.

“They are like a machine that is churning out organic fertiliser,” explained the tea entrepreneur. “They keep eating and they keep producing faeces.”

It’s the ciiiiiiircle of liiiiiife!

China’s pandas brew a top drop [Reuters]

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  1. raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

    Wow, this is right up there with Kopi Luwak (civet poop coffee).

    That said, commercializing panda poop is getting pretty common; I’ve heard of a company that turns it into paper. But using poo as fertilizer is as old as agriculture, so I’m not sure why panda poo is any more or less special than, say, cow poo.

    • YouDidWhatNow? says:

      That was my first thought too – but it’s not like the cat-poop coffee.

      With that stuff, the cat actually eats the berries and poops the beans out – which are then collected and processed into coffee.

      The panda thing above is just using their poop as fertilizer…which is pretty darned mundane. All kinds of poop is regularly used for that purpose – makes no difference to the end product (in terms of poo-ickiness, anyway).

  2. crispyduck13 says:

    Everything about what I just read is terrible.

    I’m gonna go lie down now.

  3. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    Hey, I applaud the guy for taking the initiative to make some money for himself. I’m sure there are many people who’ll pay for this tea, and good for him for making a living.

  4. Coffee says:

    “I thank heaven and earth for blessing us with this environmental panda tea,” he told the crowd at an event promoting the tea while wearing a panda suit.

    Best sentence ever written.

  5. RecordStoreToughGuy_RidesTheWarpOfSpaceIntoTheWombOfNight says:

    One pretentious trend I doubt Brent Sienna will be participating in…

  6. Warren - aka The Piddler on the Roof says:

    Panda dung you say? ;-)

  7. Blueskylaw says:

    When they say it’s all about the environment, it’s not.
    When they say it’s not all about the money, it is.

  8. Total Casual says:

    May or may not be an ancient Chinese aphorism:

    A fool and his gold are easily parted!

  9. Bearcat44 says:

    Panda Poopress

  10. golddog says:

    He forgot to mention where his Teavana franchise is located.

  11. frugalfries says:

    I just…

    It’s poop.

    Nope.

  12. GearheadGeek says:

    P. T. Barnum was a really smart guy.

  13. Daves says:

    Will be interesting to see if this shows up on Starbuck’s menu

  14. shthar says:

    I don’t give a shiiiiiiiiiii

  15. dulcinea47 says:

    So, he’s using compost. OMG HE’S USING COMPOST!@!!!!!1ONE~!!

    Get a grip people almost anything you eat (that’s not using chemical fertilizers) is grown with some sort of compost and it often involves animal poop.

  16. Dallas_shopper says:

    “May I Offer You A $200 Cup Of Organic Green Tea Grown With Panda Dung?”

    No.

  17. Talmonis says:

    “I want to put a bullet between the eyes of every panda that refuses to screw to save it’s species.”