Have you heard about kopi luwak? It is the world’s most expensive coffee. The reason behind its high price is its uncommon production process.
Kopi luwak is produced mainly on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali, Sulawesi, and in East Timor. It is harvested from the dung of a certain cat-like animal called palm civet. It was Indonesian plantation workers that discovered the coffee.
Palm civets eat coffee cherries, but while they digest the cherry, the bean passes through their system. The farmers collect and clean the beans and then roast like any other coffee. The coffee is also called cat poop coffee or civet cat coffee.
Certain enzymes in the palm civet’s digestive system give the coffee its unique flavor. This coffee can brew like any other coffee as well. It’s better to avoid using sugar, milk, or cream in the kopi luwak. The reason why the coffee is so good is that the palm civet only goes after the best and ripest coffee fruit.
The price of kopi luwak ranges from $35 – $100 per cup when ordered in a regular coffee shop. The coffee has gained a sudden hike in attention in recent years which has led to the production of fake varieties. If you’re looking to buy some of this stuff, use your best judgment to get the real thing.