Have you ever heard of Civet? Well, it's animal that produces the most expensive and delicious coffee in the world! How you might ask? Simply from the excrements. This coffee production is called Kopi Luwak, and the coffee drink is a delicacy in Asia and Africa.
Civets are an animal located in SouthEast Asia and Africa. They have a long body and tail, but short limbs. They kind of look like the offspring of a skinny raccoon, a hyena cat in my opinion!
Kopi Luwak is coffee made from the excrements of Civets when they eat coffee cherries. Coffee cherries are partially digested and are fermented inside while they are digesting it. It is said that their digestive enzymes change the structure of proteins in the coffee beans, making it less acidic and smoother.
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Before the droppings are turned into coffee, producers have a very hygienic process. The outer layer of the coffee bean dung is removed during processing and the remaining beans are completely cleaned before being roasted.
Kopi Luwak is usually drank without any cream, sugar, or milk. It is advised to drink it black to really taste that unique flavor. Many people who have tried this coffee has stated that it has hints of:
It is very smooth, and has earthy undertones. While roasting it has an amazing aroma that makes you so excited for that first sip!
How much is it?
One cup of Kopi Luwak can range from $35-$100! While a kilogram of the beans can go for about $1000 and pound for about $300. It is wild how expensive this coffee is.
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For more information about Kopi Luwak check out this reference that we used to help us write this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_luwak