Maybe you all heard about the Kopi Luwak, coffee of kings, royalties or any other Hollywood stars. We did and decided to try it and get into its “making” process. It can be found only here, in the Indonesian Archipelago.
We traveled to a “farm” and we were delighted to be able to go through the whole process by ourselves (guided, of course, by a local expert). A fairly small animal (the size of a big squirrel), called Palm Chivet or Luwak, delights itself with the raw beans, for the coating, that has a sweet taste, but is unable to process the actual beans. These ferment inside the stomach and are defecated, not long after.
The process after is fairly similar to any other coffee , dry in the sun, decorticated, roasted slowly and grinder; no machines are used and the little furballs are unharmed since they are free to roam as they wish. Basically the farmers only grow their food: coffee, bananas and papaya (yum yum!).
The taste is a bit sweeter, more flavour and less caffeine.
It’s not on my liking, but luckily the taste included a selection of teas (ginger, lemon, lemongrass, mangosteen, rosella) and coffees (ginger, chocolate, ginseng, vanilla, arabica), the winner was, by far Vanilla coffee!
The cost of the tasting sample is not that high (as much as 5$), but the price in the farm’s shop is around 250$/kg.
It’s a must try experience if you are around, but the coffee itself is an expendable luxury, in my opinion.