Has anyone tried this coffee with butter? Would you be willing to and submit a report to SDMB?
It sounds strange, but I have read about the famous yak butter tea served in Tibet, and in fact, a Chinese friend has tried it and says it’s wonderful and very sustaining. This seems to be a Western attempt to follow that principle.
I’ve had that tea several times, and while degustibus non es disputandum, it’s fucking disgusting. This is because the butter is usually rancid. They use the same unrefrigerated butter to make the lamps that light the monasteries, temples, and nomad homes, and also sometimes to carve mandalas. It’s got the texture of soap and it smells bad. Outside the cities, every Tibetan smells of rancid yak butter pretty much all the time.
The first time I had it was in a monastery near Zhongdian in '95 and I foolishly forgot that if you finish something entirely that means you want more. After the first sip and hidden retch, I steeled myself and chugged the entire cup just to get it out of the way. The monks looked delighted, clapped their hands, and poured me another cup. :smack: