Kopi Luwak Coffee is produced in Indonesia and, what is most interesting about it is its method of preparation. Coffee beans harvested from the Indonesian plantations are ingested by the mammal called the Asian civet (a mongoose), which subsequently voids them intact. A laborious process follows, of washing and disinfecting, soaking, drying, and roasting, resulting in intense coffee, strong flavored. Kopi Luwak is the rarest coffee in the world, its production is limited to only a few tonnes per year.
Kopi luwak is produced mainly on the islands of Sumatra, Bali, Java, and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago. It is also widely gathered in the forest or produced in the farms in the islands of the Philippines.
Kopi Luwak coffee is strong, balanced, with floral savors and subtle notes of caramel. By its nature it is less bitter than regular coffees, being medium roasted in order to keep its acidity intact. In terms of quality, this coffee is a “Specialty Grade” and does not contain defects, the grains are chosen individually before packaging. A Kopi Luwak short espresso costs around 20 € and a package of 150 grams can exceed 100 €.
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How is the most expensive coffee in the world, Kopi Luwak, being made:
1. Paradoxurus Hermaphroditus eats the ripened coffee beans.
The animal is nocturnal, so it usually looks for hidden places and sleeps there almost the entire day.
2. After passing through the animal’s digestive system, the coffee is voided without being digested.
3. The animal’s droppings are then thoroughly washed, and then the cleaned beans are roasted.
4. Then, Kopi Luwak beans are crushed.
5. In the end, the most expensive coffee in the world can be enjoyed.
Even though Kopi Luwak is not exactly a variety of coffee, but more a form of processing, it is called one of the most expensive coffees. Its retail price in the world can reach 550 € or $700 per kilogram, following the Black Ivory coffees’ price of 850 € or $1100 per kilogram.
In the Philippines a collector is paid with approximately $20 per kilogram of Kopi Luwak coffee.
You can find a cheaper type of kopi luwak coffee, the farmed kopi luwak considered, by connoisseurs, low-graded, and the price starts from $100 per kilogram in the Indonesian supermarkets. You can still consider it expensive if you compare it with a high-quality arabica coffee, five times its price.
It is very difficult to purchase genuine kopi luwak from wild civets and then to prove it is not fake. For example, there is a local cheap coffee brand named „Luwak” that sells its coffee at $3 per kilogram, but they occasionally sell it online under the name of „kopi luwak” at a higher price.
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The Englishman coffee expert, Tony Wild, read in 1981, an article in the National Geographic Magazine and from there began a step-by-step promotion of the kopi luwak coffee, so that in the ’90s it reached to be a luxury product in some cafes.
It was and it remains one of the most expensive coffees in the world.
Should the average working Joe buy Kopi Luwak coffee?
If you can`t imagine a normal morning without a cup of coffee, then you should dring this type of coffee at least once in your life. The price is pretty high for a normal family budget, so be sure not to make it a habit of drinking this beverage.