Have you ever heard of Luwak Coffee, the coffee made from an Indonesian civet cat’s ‘shit’?
If you are a “coffee geek” you must have heard about this coffee. Coffee Luwak is no regular coffee like the one from the shop or supermarket that you drink every day. It is very rare and most expensive coffee ever sold in the world. First time I heard about this coffee I was amazed by its price. Some specialty coffee shops sell cups of brewed Kopi Luwak for US$50-$100.
Kopi Luwak (‘kopi’ is the Indonesian word for coffee) is originally from the Indonesian islands of Sulawesi, Sumatra and Java, which are part of the Indonesian Archipelago. These islands are famous for their coffee beans, but in the case of Kopi Luwak, it is not the bean itself that makes this coffee so scarce or the exotic location that makes these beans worth so much money. It’s how they’re being “processed and produced”.
Long story short: “The process” of making Kopi Luwak is related to a civet cat called Paradoxurus hermaphroditus. These catlike animals were long regarded as pests by the farmers because they would climb in the coffee trees and eat only the ripest and the most perfectly matured beans, the reddest coffee cherries. What these animals eat, they only digest the flesh, and pass out the bean in the way that nature intended. The secret of Kopi Luwak flavor apparently comes from the enzymes in the stomach of the animal that add something unique to the coffee’s flavor through fermentation.
Regarding its novelty and scarceness, one kilogram of Kopi Luwak costs around $600 and the estimated world annual production of Kopi Luwak is only 700 kilogram a year. And its popularity has increased even more around the world after it was featured on “Oprah”.
For a real coffee geek it is the most wanted coffee on their list of beverage. If you ever watched the movie “The Bucket List” you probably will remember the scene with the Kopi Luwak coffee, where Jack Nicholson’s character was obsessed with it.
To think of such uniqueness, would you spend your money just to experience the the flavor of Kopi Luwak? Share your thoughts with us! 🙂