The first time I was introduced or come to know of ‘Kopi Luwak‘ is through the movie ‘Bucket List‘ starred by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. I like this movie with Jack Nicholson as the lead actor, and as an affordable rich man and about to die he boast of Kopi Luwak and his collection of Kopi Luak. He talked so much about it but not knowing of it’s origin and Morgan Freeman gave him a note to read. Let take a shot of Bucket List movie clip about Kopi Luwak.
Three reasons either combined or isolated why the human community, I mean the non-taste buddies, are put off with Kopi Luwak or Civet Coffee:
Second being that the coffee produced is a result of cruelty (to certain extent in not a large scale farming) to animal, to civet a large an unfriendly cat (called ‘luwak’ in Indonesian language).
The third being that it is civet’s ‘poop’! Not exactly, it is nature’s fermentation process through the digestive system of the civets, expunged not necessarily with the poops. The civet eats the coffee berries bark and flesh and for no reason swallow the left-over kernels. And astonishingly when it eats the coffee berries it chooses by instinct the matured and fine ones only.
The image on the left shows that the civets are kept in fence fed with coffee berries like we kept chicken in fence fed with maze. Of course you may still debate let’s the wild be in the wild. Aplenty are still collected from the wild!
The expunged civet-fermented “coffee beans are washed dried in the sun. Once the beans are dry enough to remove the outer skin or parchment easily, they are put into a wooden mortar and pounded with a pestle. The beans are not affected by the pounding, but the skin will break apart, making it possible to easily remove the coffee beans. In the next step, the beans are hand-sorted to remove any damaged beans. Now the remaining kopi luwak beans are ready for roasting.
Despite all the abhor reasons: expensiveness, cruelty to animal and poop, Kopi Luwak is popular then ever and the most expensive coffee nature ever offers.
Kopi Luwak popularity lies in the taste as a result of the peculiar fermentation in the stomach of the civet of the Arabica coffee beans fine-selected by the civet. In a brew of coffee luwak ints of nut, ceramel and chocolate.
Thank you for your purchase(s) of the Kopi Luwak etc. and thank you too if you are just visiting.