Kopi Luwak – Civet Coffee

Kopi Luwak – Civet Coffee

Kopi Luwak also known as Civet coffee is probably the most expensive coffee in the world – is for connoisseurs worth to pay 50 € the cup. How this civet coffee is produced is very unique. The coffee beans are won from the excrements of Asian palm civet – also called toddy cat in Indonesia. These small predators eat everything, but also red coffee cherries. The pulp is digested, the beans are fermented by enzymes and then excreted without damage. Accordingly, the quality of this coffee will vary depending on the type of coffee beans the civet has eaten, how long the excrements lie and where they are found. The beans are then washed and roasted at over 170 degrees.

What a lot of people don’t know, back in the days this coffee was “poor people’s” coffee in Indonesia. Those who could not afford to buy coffee collected these Luwak excrements.

Civet Coffee – Preparation

  • The civet coffee can of course be prepared in different ways.
  • Since the brand Kopi Luwak originates from Indonesia, here the matching method:
  • Add about 10 g of freshly ground coffee powder in the cup with 50 cl of water (90 ° C) and wait for 3 minutes.
  • The aroma is dark, full-bodied, but also somewhat musty, earthy and slightly chocolate.

It is, however, tasteless how the civet coffee is often “produced”:
The collection of excreted beans from wild animals is, of course, time-consuming. Some producers therefore catch the animals and lock them into small cages – similar to chickens in Germany years ago and forbitten today. There the civets are fed only coffee beans. The consequences are malnutrition and strong physical and psychological suffering. Peta has reported. Read more details also on coffeeness.

Since some farms offer their Kopi Luwak with false information on proper animal keeping or collection, one should be particularly careful when purchasing the civet coffee or leave the fingers off.


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