Kopi Luwak

Natural waste. Nature gives us poop; we recycle it in coffee.

This coffee, which is produced mainly in Indonesia, has the peculiarity that it is obtained by grinding the coffee beans extracted from the stool of an animal, the civet or Luwak in the local language.

This coffee, which is produced mainly in Indonesia, has the peculiarity that it is obtained by grinding the coffee beans extracted from the stool of an animal, the civet or Luwak in the local language.

Civet coffee or Kopi Luwak is very expensive, mainly because very little quantity is produced, approximately a total of about 500 kilos per year; due to its scarcity its high price is justified.

The average value of a kilo of this variety is about €1000, and both in the United Kingdom and the United States, where you can find it in some very exclusive places, a cup of this coffee ranges from €50 to €90.

It was discovered in Indonesia that the civet feeds almost entirely based on coffee berries, after seeing a high concentration of grains in its stool, since only the berry pulp is digested and the grains get eliminated whole.

The luwak have the ability to choose the coffee berries when they are ripe and so they only eat those at their fully ripened state. To obtain the best coffee beans, Indonesians keep the civets in captivity in large cages where they have access to the plants, and thus these facilitate the collection of their stool to obtain the grains.

The enzymes of the luwak digestive system interact with the coffee grains, producing the effect of eliminating a large part of their bitterness, so that the coffee is quite sweet without the need to add sugar maintaining its great aroma and fully intense flavor.

Is it safe to consume Luwak Coffee?

As for the process of obtaining and cleaning the coffee, the agglutinated coffee beans are washed, and the green coffee beans are then obtained. Subsequently the grain is peeled and then usually roasted by hand; it is finally ground and ready for preparation in the coffee maker.

Consequently, hygiene is guaranteed, since the coffee is made with the roasted and ground grain, after having been washed and peeled to eliminate any unpleasant residue and, of course, any aroma of animal origin.

The intensity of the taste of this coffee qualifies it with an 8 out of 10, with a powerful aroma that lasts on the palate. Bitterness is minimal, much lower than any natural roasted coffee, and with vanilla flavor notes mixed with a slight taste of cocoa, along with sweet touches of caramel.