Kopi Luwak coffee comes from the amazing Indonesian island of Sumatra, This Island is well known worldwide for its coffee. Native to the area is a small creature called the Asian Palm Civet. The locals call them luwaks. These little mammals live in the trees and one of their favorite foods to indulge in are the red, ripe coffee cherries. They eat the cherry with the bean inside them. While the bean is in the cute looking luwak stomach, it undergoes through this incredible chemical treatment and fermentation. The bean finishes its journey through the digestive system, and exits. The beans are then collected from the forest floor, and are cleaned, then roasted and ground just like any other coffee.
The resulting coffee is said to be like no other in the world (literally). It has a rich, heavy flavor with hints of caramel and/or chocolate. Other terms used to describe it are earthy, musty and exotic. The body can be syrupy and it’s the smoothest coffee you will ever have.
One must wonder how this coffee came to be. How was it discovered? Who thought of drinking coffee in which an animal would eat and then expel? There are many theories out there but personally this one is my favorite. It is theorized that local low income families and natives could not afford to purchase coffee since they barely had enough to survive. Therefore they picked up the Luwak’s dropping and prepared them for roasting. Of course they were all well cleaned and proper steps were taken to make sure it was consumable. Guess what? Now this coffee is known as a worldwide delicacy.
Because of the rarity of this coffee, the price is quite high but worth every last drop. If you can find a vendor, the currently sells a pound of Kopi Luwak for around $300 or less you are getting a Great deal! Some more adventurous coffee houses are selling it by the cup which can cost up to $50, but you won’t likely find it at your local family or commercialized coffee shop just yet. Good Luck and thanks for reading our post. Feel free to leave any comments.