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. 

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.
After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness.  
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!)
It is also the best coffee I have ever had to this day. I shit you not. 

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