The most expensive coffee in from Indonesia and not from Jamaica or Hawaii!
Kopi Luwak or civet coffee the most expensive coffee, is made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet (Scientific name Paradoxurus Hermaphroditus) and other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract and then excreted by the Common Palm Civet, a weasel-like animal..
“Kopi” the Indonesian word for coffee along with “Luwak” is local name of Asian Palm Civet who only choose the best coffee bean, the Palm Civet just happens to like to ingest the ripest and reddest coffee beans, which also happen to be the ones best for brewing. A civet eats the berries for their fleshy pulp, the outer covering of the beans in the same way that is accomplished by de-pulping machines. The civet digests the soft outer part of the coffee cherry, but does not digest the inner beans and excretes them.
In its stomach, protolithic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet’s intestines the beans are then defecated, keeping their shape the internal digestion ends up adds a unique flavor to the beans, removing the bitter flavor. The beans are then picked up by locals, after thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness.
The most expensive coffee in the world, Kopi Luwak is sold between US $100 and $600 per pound. The specialty Vietnamese weasel coffee, which is made by collecting coffee beans eaten by wild Civets, is sold at $6600 per kilogram ($3000 per pound). Kopi Luwak becomes the most expensive coffee in the world not because it only tastes good but also being a rare product too. Indonesia only produces about 800KG per annum.
I have seen a blend of Kopi Luwak and Blue Mountain called Caffe Raro for £50 (US $79.00) a cup at the brasserie at Peter Jones department store in London’s Sloane Square.
Now that being said, If you can get over the fact that you are drinking such a strange brew are you willing to try it?
For me this is quite disturbing, and I remember the saying “Some things are better left Unknown!” Just for a giggle watch the movie ‘The Bucket List” Where Jack Nicholson drinks it and has a great laugh near the end of the movie over the beverage.