Kopi Luwak is the world's most exclusive (and expensive) coffee. The main factor of its high price is the uncommon production method. This coffee is brewed from coffee beans that have been digested by a certain Indonesian cat-like animal called palm civet or civet cat.
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Kopi Luwak has a unique, sensational taste: earthy, mossy and exotic all at once. The rich, heavy flavour has an undertone of caramel and chocolate; the body is almost syrupy. True coffee connoisseurs call it 'the caviar amongst the coffees'. Here's all you need to know about this unique coffee.
The production process of Kopi Luwak
Kopi is the Indonesian word for coffee and Luwak is the Indonesian name given to the Asian Palm Civet. The major population of this animal lives on the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago. The Luwak selects the ripest berries of the coffee plants and eats the whole fruit. As the civet cannot digest the seed of the fruit (actually, it is the coffee bean), it expels them among its feces. As the beans stay one or one and a half day in the digestive tract of the civet, the beans start to have a partial germination process and as a consequence the proteins change causing a reduction in the bitterness of the bean which results in a superior taste.
Origin of Kopi Luwak
You are probably wondering which Indonesian weirdo started brewing coffee with poop. Well, the Dutch have significantly contributed to this strange ritual. Indonesia was a Dutch colony with numerous coffee plantations. For the Indonesian population it was forbidden to pick beans for their own use. On a certain day they discovered the coffee beans in the droppings of the Luwak. By using these beans they could drink coffee without violating the rules.
Don’t drink coffee from farmed civet palms
Due to the high demand and low supply, farmers gathered and caged an over-abundant amount of civets and started to almost exclusively feed them coffee beans. They do not select the ripest coffee cherries but merely eat to satisfy their hunger from the provided options. Kopi Luwak cage farming is a cruel method for civet palms and has an output of low-quality unauthentic Kopi Luwak coffee. So make sure to only use certified Kopi Luwak.
The perfect serve
Alike other coffee types, Kopi Luwak is medium roasted, not to destroy the complex flavors acquired during both processes. Afterwards, the beans need to be cooled quickly to stop the roasting process and to allow the aroma to be fixed and the oil substances to be condensed. For the perfect serve, use a French Press. According to some experts, this is the single best way to prepare Kopi Luwak coffee because it allows prolonged contact between the water and coffee without boiling the coffee and without resulting in any ground coffee at the bottom of your mug.
Now take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee!