Monday, April 30, 2012


The following comments by the civet coffee lovers:

Kopi Luwak: The World's Most Expensive Gourmet Coffee

By Christine Rankin

There is one gourmet coffee that is hands down the most expensive gourmet coffee in the world. The dubious title of the most expensive without a shadow of a doubt goes to Kopi Luwak. It is considered the most expensive because it is said to be a coffee that is sans any bitterness, and harvesting this coffee is quite a chore. Some people may not be familiar with Kopi Luwak, but once you hear about the harvesting process of it, you can never forget it.

Kopi Luwak is made from beans of coffee berries, which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet and passed through its digestive tract. In the stomach of the Asian Palm Civet, proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through the Asian Palm Civet's intestines the beans are then defecated, keeping their shape. Yes, you read that correctly, the Civet, which is a rodent type animal, eats the coffee and then defecates it out for your divine drinking pleasure. Although, it eats the beans, the beans are passed through the digestive tract whole, so they can easily be harvested from the feces. If you google Kopi Luwak you will see it looks similar to a candy bar with a lot of nuts in it. Appetizing? No, but definitely intriguing.

The Civet eats all types of beans: Arabica, Robusta, Liberica and Excelsa. After the beans have been passed by the animal, they are washed, dried in the sun, light roasted and then brewed which apparently produce a coffee with much less bitterness and amazing taste! It is quite a process and anyone who is truly interested in trying the world's most expensive gourmet coffee should make sure to look for 100% Kopi Luwak coffee. Many coffee companies and purveyors will offer blends that have as little as 5% Kopi Luwak, which is not a true experience with this type of coffee.

The World's Most Expensive Coffee, Kopi Luwak

ByTony Eva

Do you know where the world's most expensive coffee comes from? The answer is Indonesia. More interesting is that the raw material of this coffee is cat's feces. Fro people who love drinking coffee, a cup of Jamaican Blue Mountain in nothing special, but take a cup of Kopi Luwak is really with no regrets in all one's life. Because it is really a kind of rare coffee, it is only produced 500pounds a year, and a cup of this coffee can cost $168. So it can be called the most expensive coffee in the world.

Kopi Luwak is produced in Indonesia, and it is one of the most expensive coffees in the world. It is made by feces that produced by civet cat, which is a kind of arboreal wildlife living in the Indonesia's Sumatra Island. The local farmers usually seem the feces as the gifts of god, for that not all the civet cat's feces can be found luckily. Once they find a few such coffee beans, they would pick up them, collect them carefully, and then through the selection, drying, deodorization, processing, baking and other procedures, the rarest, most unique and expensive coffee in the world are created.

Indonesia plants lots of coffee crops, and the fresh coffee bean is favored by a kind of wild animal called civet cat. The coffee bean would be ultimately expelled in the form of civet cat's feces through the fermentation and digestion in cat's body. And the feces are capsules of coffee beans, and therefore, the feces also become the most expensive one in the world. Due to the rare number, it becomes very expensive.

Coffee beans generally go through the fermentation process. And coffee bean are fermented in the civet cat's intestine would generate a special taste, for the special bacteria ferment environment that provided. Coffee bean that fermented by civet cat's intestine would be especially mellow. So, people collect the feces and sieve out the coffee beans and then brew to dink. The rare production and unique fermentation process make it has a huge difference with the general one.

Kopi Luwak has a strong taste of earthy taste, and it is more similar to the taste of syrup and has a special flavor. After drinking it, your mouth will be left by a mint feeling, and this feeling no other coffee can bring to you.

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