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Bird Spit Coffee - 8 March 2015
Bird’s nests are a sure sign of spring, but they are also one of the world’s most expensive foods, selling for up to $2,500 a kg.

Prized in China for their alleged health benefits for hundreds of years, nests made from swiftlets' saliva are mixed into soups, coffee, cereals and skin care products as producers aim to broaden the delicacy’s appeal - and their profit margins.
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February 23, 2015
Caretaker Tan Jin Hong poses with a bird's nest and egg at the Swiftlet Eco Park in Perak, northern Malaysia,...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Caretaker Tan Jin Hong poses with a bird's nest and egg at the Swiftlet Eco Park in Perak
Caretaker Tan Jin Hong poses with a bird's nest and egg at the Swiftlet Eco Park in Perak, northern Malaysia, February 14, 2015. Prized in China for is alleged health benefits for hundreds of years, nests made from swiftlets' saliva are being mixed into coffee and cereal as the Southeast Asian producers of the delicacy seek to broaden its appeal, and their profit margins. The nests are among the world's most expensive foods, selling for up to $2,500 a kg and the swiftlets that weave them are indigenous to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken February 14, 2015. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: BUSINESS ANIMALS FOOD)
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February 23, 2015
Bird's nests are pictured before the cleaning process at a processing plant in Kuala Lumpur, February...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Bird's nests are pictured before the cleaning process at a processing plant in Kuala Lumpur
Bird's nests are pictured before the cleaning process at a processing plant in Kuala Lumpur, February 17, 2015. Prized in China for is alleged health benefits for hundreds of years, nests made from swiftlets' saliva are being mixed into coffee and cereal as the Southeast Asian producers of the delicacy seek to broaden its appeal, and their profit margins. The nests are among the world's most expensive foods, selling for up to $2,500 a kg and the swiftlets that weave them are indigenous to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken February 17, 2015. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: BUSINESS ANIMALS FOOD)
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February 23, 2015
Caretaker Tan Jin Hong holds a swiftlet tester which plays bird songs to attract swifts at the Swiftlet...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Caretaker Tan Jin Hong holds a swiftlet tester which plays bird songs to attract swifts at the Swiftlet...
Caretaker Tan Jin Hong holds a swiftlet tester which plays bird songs to attract swifts at the Swiftlet Eco Park in Perak, northern Malaysia, February 15, 2015. Prized in China for is alleged health benefits for hundreds of years, nests made from swiftlets' saliva are being mixed into coffee and cereal as the Southeast Asian producers of the delicacy seek to broaden its appeal, and their profit margins. The nests are among the world's most expensive foods, selling for up to $2,500 a kg and the swiftlets that weave them are indigenous to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken February 15, 2015. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: BUSINESS ANIMALS FOOD)
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February 23, 2015
Bird's nests are pictured before the cleaning process at a processing plant in Kuala Lumpur, February...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Bird's nests are pictured before the cleaning process at a processing plant in Kuala Lumpur
Bird's nests are pictured before the cleaning process at a processing plant in Kuala Lumpur, February 17, 2015. Prized in China for is alleged health benefits for hundreds of years, nests made from swiftlets' saliva are being mixed into coffee and cereal as the Southeast Asian producers of the delicacy seek to broaden its appeal, and their profit margins. The nests are among the world's most expensive foods, selling for up to $2,500 a kg and the swiftlets that weave them are indigenous to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken February 17, 2015. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: BUSINESS ANIMALS FOOD)
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February 23, 2015
A worker uses tweezers to remove feathers from a bird's nest at a processing plant in Kuala Lumpur, February...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A worker uses tweezers to remove feathers from a bird's nest at a processing plant in Kuala Lumpur
A worker uses tweezers to remove feathers from a bird's nest at a processing plant in Kuala Lumpur, February 17, 2015. Prized in China for is alleged health benefits for hundreds of years, nests made from swiftlets' saliva are being mixed into coffee and cereal as the Southeast Asian producers of the delicacy seek to broaden its appeal, and their profit margins. The nests are among the world's most expensive foods, selling for up to $2,500 a kg and the swiftlets that weave them are indigenous to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken February 17, 2015. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: BUSINESS ANIMALS FOOD)
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February 23, 2015
Clean bird's nests are sorted according to size at a processing plant in Kuala Lumpur, February 17, 2015....
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Clean bird's nests are sorted according to size at a processing plant in Kuala Lumpur
Clean bird's nests are sorted according to size at a processing plant in Kuala Lumpur, February 17, 2015. Prized in China for is alleged health benefits for hundreds of years, nests made from swiftlets' saliva are being mixed into coffee and cereal as the Southeast Asian producers of the delicacy seek to broaden its appeal, and their profit margins. The nests are among the world's most expensive foods, selling for up to $2,500 a kg and the swiftlets that weave them are indigenous to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken February 17, 2015. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: BUSINESS FOOD ANIMALS)
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February 23, 2015
Two styles of cleaned bird's nest, Yan Zhan (L) and Su Zhan (R) await repacking at a processing plant...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Two styles of cleaned bird's nest, Yan Zhan and Su Zhan await repacking at a processing plant in Kuala...
Two styles of cleaned bird's nest, Yan Zhan (L) and Su Zhan (R) await repacking at a processing plant in Kuala Lumpur, February 17, 2015. Prized in China for is alleged health benefits for hundreds of years, nests made from swiftlets' saliva are being mixed into coffee and cereal as the Southeast Asian producers of the delicacy seek to broaden its appeal, and their profit margins. The nests are among the world's most expensive foods, selling for up to $2,500 a kg and the swiftlets that weave them are indigenous to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken February 17, 2015. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: BUSINESS ANIMALS FOOD)
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February 23, 2015
Speakers are pictured on a roof at the Swiftlet Eco Park in Perak, northern Malaysia, February 14, 2015....
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Speakers are pictured on a roof at the Swiftlet Eco Park in Perak
Speakers are pictured on a roof at the Swiftlet Eco Park in Perak, northern Malaysia, February 14, 2015. The sound of bird songs are played to attract swifts. Prized in China for is alleged health benefits for hundreds of years, nests made from swiftlets' saliva are being mixed into coffee and cereal as the Southeast Asian producers of the delicacy seek to broaden its appeal, and their profit margins. The nests are among the world's most expensive foods, selling for up to $2,500 a kg and the swiftlets that weave them are indigenous to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken February 14, 2015. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: BUSINESS FOOD ANIMALS)
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February 23, 2015
Swifts fly inside a building constructed to farm swiftlet nests at the Swiftlet Eco Park in Perak, northern...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Swifts fly inside a building constructed to farm swiftlet nests at the Swiftlet Eco Park in Perak
Swifts fly inside a building constructed to farm swiftlet nests at the Swiftlet Eco Park in Perak, northern Malaysia, February 15, 2015. Prized in China for is alleged health benefits for hundreds of years, nests made from swiftlets' saliva are being mixed into coffee and cereal as the Southeast Asian producers of the delicacy seek to broaden its appeal, and their profit margins. The nests are among the world's most expensive foods, selling for up to $2,500 a kg and the swiftlets that weave them are indigenous to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken February 15, 2015. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: BUSINESS ANIMALS FOOD)
SOUTHEAST ASIA-FOOD/NEST
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February 23, 2015
Caretaker Tan Jin Hong harvests a bird's nest at the Swiftlet Eco Park in Perak, northern Malaysia, February...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Caretaker Tan Jin Hong harvests a bird's nest at the Swiftlet Eco Park in Perak
Caretaker Tan Jin Hong harvests a bird's nest at the Swiftlet Eco Park in Perak, northern Malaysia, February 14, 2015. Prized in China for is alleged health benefits for hundreds of years, nests made from swiftlets' saliva are being mixed into coffee and cereal as the Southeast Asian producers of the delicacy seek to broaden its appeal, and their profit margins. The nests are among the world's most expensive foods, selling for up to $2,500 a kg and the swiftlets that weave them are indigenous to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken February 14, 2015. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: BUSINESS ANIMALS FOOD)
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February 23, 2015
Bird's nest coffee is pictured for sale at an outlet at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2, outside...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Bird's nest coffee is pictured for sale at an outlet at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2, outside...
Bird's nest coffee is pictured for sale at an outlet at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2, outside Kuala Lumpur, February 18, 2015. Prized in China for is alleged health benefits for hundreds of years, nests made from swiftlets' saliva are being mixed into coffee and cereal as the Southeast Asian producers of the delicacy seek to broaden its appeal, and their profit margins. The nests are among the world's most expensive foods, selling for up to $2,500 a kg and the swiftlets that weave them are indigenous to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken February 18, 2015. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: BUSINESS ANIMALS FOOD)
SOUTHEAST ASIA-FOOD/NEST
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February 23, 2015
Caretaker Tan Jin Hong looks at swifts attracted by the bird songs played by a machine at the Swiftlet...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Caretaker Tan Jin Hong looks at swifts attracted by the bird songs played by a machine at the Swiftlet...
Caretaker Tan Jin Hong looks at swifts attracted by the bird songs played by a machine at the Swiftlet Eco Park in Perak, northern Malaysia, February 15, 2015. Prized in China for is alleged health benefits for hundreds of years, nests made from swiftlets' saliva are being mixed into coffee and cereal as the Southeast Asian producers of the delicacy seek to broaden its appeal, and their profit margins. The nests are among the world's most expensive foods, selling for up to $2,500 a kg and the swiftlets that weave them are indigenous to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken February 15, 2015. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: BUSINESS ANIMALS FOOD)
SOUTHEAST ASIA-FOOD/NEST
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February 23, 2015
Caretaker Tan Jin Hong looks at swifts attracted by the bird songs played by a machine at the Swiftlet...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Caretaker Tan Jin Hong looks at swifts attracted by the bird songs played by a machine at the Swiftlet...
Caretaker Tan Jin Hong looks at swifts attracted by the bird songs played by a machine at the Swiftlet Eco Park in Perak, northern Malaysia, February 15, 2015. Prized in China for is alleged health benefits for hundreds of years, nests made from swiftlets' saliva are being mixed into coffee and cereal as the Southeast Asian producers of the delicacy seek to broaden its appeal, and their profit margins. The nests are among the world's most expensive foods, selling for up to $2,500 a kg and the swiftlets that weave them are indigenous to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken February 15, 2015. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: BUSINESS ANIMALS FOOD)
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