Are you kidding me??!!! Poo coffee?? Really!!
How could anyone even think of a concept like that?
“Wait a minute, Luwak!! I have been drinking that for a long time, one of my favorites and had no idea….none AT ALL!!”
Well, hello fellow readers! Today’s blog post is all about Luwak – the Poo coffee. I became familiar about the concept thanks to one of my friends, NJ (if you are reading this) on my recent visit to Bali, Indonesia..and the funniest part is when A and I were discussing about the blog post, I came to know that this is among A’s favorite coffees and she had no idea..so yeah, had to post!! 😀
Kopi Luwak – Origin and History
‘Kopi’ is Indonesian word for coffee and ‘Luwak’ for a species of Asian Palm Civet (cat-like-animal).
Kopi Luwak is actually a process. It is made out of coffee fruits that have been eaten by Luwak, which then pass the seeds (the coffee beans), without digesting them. Yes, and that is why Kopi Luwak is also known as “crap coffee”, “poo coffee” as it comes from the feces. So to create the beverage, coffee beans left in Luwak poop have to be thoroughly washed, sun-dried, roasted, ground and brewed.
Kopi Luwak is said to be invented in the 19th century when the Dutch rulers established numerous coffee plantations in Indonesia. The locals were forced to work in the plantations but they were not allowed to harvest the famous coffee for their own use. The workers got curious and discovered that Luwak would eat coffee fruits and pass the seeds. Once cleaned and processed, the beans created extraordinary taste and aroma.
- As described above, Kopi Luwak is the coffee made from civet cat’s poo, and thereby also known as “crap coffee”, “poo coffee”
- Short supply, high demand, it’s different taste and these unique methods of production make Kopi Luwak the most expensive coffee in the world.
- The price of the coffee in the international market ranges from 100USD to 800USD per pound. In restaurants or cafés, one cup of kopi luwak can cost you as high as 70USD.
- The taste is usually described as earthy and smooth, less bitter than regular coffee.
- Luwak coffee contains less caffeine than normal coffee. A regular coffee has a caffeine level of 1-2% where as in kopi luwak, it’s 0.5%
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The disturbing secret
Kopi Luwak gained the popularity primarily because of the taste and aroma it delivers as luwak would choose and pick the best quality ripe coffee cherries to eat. Due to the high demand of the coffee, luwaks are caged and fed cherries which have not been selected by the animal itself and therefore of not the standard that is produced when luwak is free to roam around a coffee plantation thereby, resulting in lower quality production than the wild/free luwaks.
There is no way to tell whether a coffee was made from wild or caged luwaks. A BBC undercover investigation in 2013 revealed how coffee from caged civets in inhumane conditions ends up labeled as wild civet coffee in Europe. Tony Wild, the coffee trader who introduced Kopi Luwak to the west warns against it here.
The luwaks caged in the production generally live in cruel conditions, which leads to health problems like bloody feces in luwaks and their frequent deaths.
In short, if you feel like spending too much on ‘real’ Kopi Luwak, you will be contributing to an industry of animal abuse and you don’t even know if you are getting the real deal or not. Take your call !!!!
“Be kind to every kind, not just mankind!” – Anonymous
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