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January 3, 2013

Coffee Luwak

First a fact - Indonesia is one the top coffee producing countries of Robusta variety of coffee beans.

During my recent visit to Indonesia, I was intrigued by the term 'Kopi Luwak' (Coffee Luwak).



In a coffee shop 'Coffee Luwak', there was a poster containing a rat like animal with coffee seeds. The animal is known as Luwak or Asian Palm Civet.



These Luwaks eat the better coffee berries in a coffee farm and excrete the seeds.



Did I hear some one say 'ewwww..'?

Never mind, let me continue the story - such seeds are collected, washed, processed, roasted and powdered to make a cup of delicious kopi.

Kopi Luwak is produced in small quantities and hence one of the most popular varieties of coffee from Indonesia and most expensive.

Indonesians believe that when the coffee berries/seeds are inside the intestines of Luwak, they absorb enzymes and get more nutrients and flavour. Apparently such processed (not a variety) coffee is expensive and exported widely.

When you visit Indonesia, you decide if you really want to have a taste of this special variety of Kopi Luwak. Not me!



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    1. Yes, initially I could not believe...

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  2. Did you taste the coffee? How did it compare to other coffees you've had?

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    1. After realising how the seeds are processed, I didn't have the heart to taste...

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    1. Perhaps, I should have asked you to taste the delicious coffee before I broke the above story?

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    1. I should have first asked you all to taste this expensive coffee before mentioning about the process behind it?

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  5. Yeah I recall this being also discussed in the movie- Bucket list.

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    1. Oh..ok...so you are ready to taste Kopi Luwak when you are next in Indonesia? after that let me know how it tasted :-)

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  6. kopi luwak asli Indonesia. Mantap ^^d

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  7. Salamat Datang...very true...true Indonesian!

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    1. Very true...Indonesia never stops amazing me.

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  9. wow....seriously! what else can the human race come up with...very interesting to know...will share on FB thanks!

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    1. Thanks...I am still not able to believe such things do happen.

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  10. Heard about this coffee in the movie The Bucket List..gross stuff...can't imagine people actually wanting to drink this one :)

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  11. I visite Indonesia this year and I must say that The Coffee Luak is very delicious. Forget how it is made,juat enjoy their excellent taste. You will never want to taste another kind of coffee. End of story.

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