The Forbidden Coffee: Luwak

I love coffee. Living in China, where a Starbucks is rare and Dunkin Donuts is non-existent, I’ve been missing my good coffee fix.  Which means I was absolutely ecstatic to find out there was a coffee plantation close to where we were staying in Bali.  And not just any coffee plantation, a Luwak Coffee plantation. Yes, I recently ingested coffee that was made from beans that came out of a civet cat’s ass. 

 
1276482_10101268225717346_1392490103_o
 
1272876_10101268227174426_165744519_o
 
 
902550_10101268227433906_1820165571_o
 
Kopi Luwak or Civet Coffee is a coffee made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet and then passed through its digestive tract . Yes gross.  But also, delicious.  The gory details are as follows: The Civet eats the berries for the beans fleshy pulp, then in the digestive tract, fermentation occurs. The Civet’s proteolytic enzymes (yes, I’m getting scientific on you here) seeps into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet’s intestines the beans are then defecated with other fecal matter and collected.    
 
In short, Civets are let out at night to eat the berries…and essentially…poop they out.  They are then collected the next morning by the local workers.
 
919459_10101269886479166_1448001240_o
 
1268450_10101268231216326_1015923327_o
 
After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness.  
 
1391625_10101268232124506_2133117348_n
 
 
1380559_10101268231495766_717911269_n
 
1262663_10101268235627486_57387146_o
 
1273952_10101268236136466_411354118_o
 
This type of coffee is also widely known to be the most expensive coffee in the world (it will lighten your wallet by about $65 per cup or $600 per pound..yikes!)
 
598638_10101269886963196_279486066_n
 
 
It is also the best coffee I have ever had to this day. I shit you not. 

Published by

One thought on “The Forbidden Coffee: Luwak

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s