Kopi Luwak Coffee | Bali Indonesian Coffee

Kopi Luwak is the world’s most exclusive (and most expensive) coffee. Kopi is the Indonesian word for coffee and Luwak is the local name of the Asian palm civet.

Kopi Luwak coffee beans
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Made from poop of civet cat?

YES! Kopi Luwak is the coffee that has been digested by an Asian palm civet. The civet eats the coffee cherries, the cherries go through the digestive track and fermentation occurs, and then they pass through the intestines and eventually pooped out. The coffee cherries are then picked out from poop aka poop coffee.

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World’s most exclusive (and most expensive)

Kopi Luwak is the world’s most exclusive (and most expensive) coffee. The main factor of its high price is the uncommon method of production. It is produced from coffee beans which have been partially digested by the Indonesian palm civet and then excreted. Yes, it sounds kind of gross, but not to worry! The outer layer of the coffee bean is removed during processing and the remaining beans are completely cleaned before being roasted and sent to you.

Is Kopi Luwak Clean and safe to drink?

YES! The beans are thoroughly cleaned and then roasted at a high temperature (over 400 Fahrenheit). Both processes ensure that Kopi Luwak is 100% safe to drink.

Nowadays it’s mainly produced on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali, and Sulawesi. The Philippines, East Timor, and Vietnam are also making similar versions of poop coffee. India has started producing the world’s most expensive coffee, made from the poop of civet cat, on a small scale in Coorg district of Karnataka.

When I got to Bali, I visited the ceking sari luwak coffee, it is near to Ubud town. I tried a cup of kopi luwak coffee - and it was special for me. If you want a cup of Kopi Luwak coffee outside of Indonesia it will cost you more.


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