The history of civet coffee (kopi luwak) cannot be separated from the history of its origin country i.e. Indonesia. The country has been long revered for its well-known coffee harvests. Indonesia was a Dutch colony since 16th century. In the early days, the Dutch established the cash-crop plantations which included coffee plantations in Indonesia’s Sumatra and Java Island. During the colony period, the Dutch disallowed the native coffee farmers to collect coffee fruits for their own consumptions. However, those farmers also had a high desire for coffee beverage.
Soon, they realized that certain species of civet (luwak) ate those coffee cherries, yet they left the coffee cherries undigested in their droppings. The natives figured it was easier to collect the coffee cherries from the ground rather than having to pick them from the trees. They then collected the cherries, cleaned, roasted and ground it to make coffee beverage. Surprisingly, it produced a remarkable coffee aroma. From then, the fame of aromatic civet coffee (kopi luwak) spread from the natives to Dutch coffee plantation owners and soon became everyone’s favorite till nowadays.