Civet coffee, also know as Kopi Luwak, is the most expensive and coveted gourmet coffee in the world. But it comes from a very unusual source, the droppings of Asian Palm Civets, a cat like animal native to Indonesia. The local name, Kopi Luwak, is effectively a local translation of Civet Coffee. “Kopi” is the Indonesian word for coffee and “Luwak” is local name for the Civet.
Civets feed on the raw, red coffee berries of the region but do not digest the inner bean of the berry, which instead are excreted. Locals then hand pick the partly digested coffee beans from the excrement and sell these onto dealers. There is no risk attached to the beans however, they are all washed, sterilized and roasted just like every other coffee bean.
The World’s Most Expensive Coffee
The source of the beans doesn’t seem to be deterring coffee lovers with Kopi Luwak (Civet Coffee) selling for up to $1,300 per kilo, making it the most expensive coffee in the world according to Forbes Magazine.
Drinkers swear that it tastes like no other coffee in the world. In Queensland, Australia one small café is selling Civet Coffee for AUS $50 per cup and the price doesn’t seem to deter anyone – locals and tourists alike line up to try it.
Only around 500 kg of Civet Coffee is produced each year making it very rare to find and difficult to order. Its not uncommon for suppliers to run out of stock. The Kopi Luwak that is produced is sold mainly in the US and Japan although it is slowly being found elsewhere.