Saturday, July 3, 2010

Kopi Luwak

Kopi Luwak is one of the rarest and most expensive coffees in the world. This Indonesian coffee made from beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by Asian palm civet, that's why it's called Kopi Luwak in Indonesian, Kopi means coffee and Luwak means civet. The civet eats the berries for their fleshly pulp, in its stomach, proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet's intestines the beans are then defecated, having kept their shape. After gathering thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness, widely noted as the most expensive coffee in the world.

I had been browsing around to find this coffee in Sydney, eventually found this Olio Cafe in St Leonards and couldn't resist to give it a try. For $9 you will get this coffee in a tiny mug served with a cookie and a small glass of water to clean up your palate before you finish this coffee in couple sips.

(Kopi Luwak from Olio Cafe)

The coffee has a real smooth taste with no after taste and if you'd like to buy the beans, the cafe sells a pack of 250 gram Kopi Luwak for $100.
And if you'd like to buy the coffee from the farmer in Sumatra here is the web from Pagaralam Sumatera, Indonesia: Kopi Luwak Sumatera.

You could call this coffee as 'cat poo coffee', so would you fancy a cup of 'cat poo coffee'?

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