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Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Kopi Luwak and One Funny Animal

Updated on October 5, 2015

"The Bucket List"

The Bucket List is a 2007 comedy starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. I don't know about you, but I get excited anytime I find out either of these distinguished actors will be in a movie.

Jack Nicholson is a three time Oscar winner. He won Best Actor for his roles in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and As Good as It Gets, and a Best Supporting Actor for Terms of Endearment. He's also remembered for his performances in movies like The Shining, Easy Rider and Chinatown.

Morgan Freemon also won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Million Dollar Baby, and was nominated for his wonderful performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and Invictus. If you love this actor's smooth, soothing voice, you can enjoy it in his narration of the famous documentary March of the Penguins.

Seeing either of these stars on the big screen is a treat, but when the two of them pair up together for The Bucket List, I was one elated fan!

Since I love coffee and have some fantasies about drinking "Kopi Luwak," which is the greatest and most expensive coffee in the world, I was very excited to see it play a small role in the film. The two scenes that involved this special coffee truly delighted me!


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What Is Kopi Luwak?

Kopi Luwak is the world's most expensive coffee and is considered a 'delicacy'. Like many other so-called culinary delicacies it's one that make a lot of people say "Ewwwwww! I will never touch that!" Joke about it all you want, but this special coffee is in high demand by those who can afford it, and many people fantasize about tasting it.

The reason that Kopi Luwak is so special is because of a tiny little animal called the Asian Palm Civet, or the 'Toddy cat'. This animal lives in Southeast Asia.The civet is aboout the size of a house cat, with an average weight of 3.2 kg and its length is about 50 cm.

The civet is an omnivore, but one of its favorite foods is berries. Farmers considered it to be quite nuisance for the longest time, however this civet turned out to be a regular gold mine when it came to to coffee berries-- the fruit that contains the coffee bean.

When the civet consumes the berries, the digestive juices in its stomach strips away a lot of the proteins in the coffee bean that causes bitterness. These digestive juices also add extra flavor to the beans because of the way they interact with them. However the coffee beans themselves cannot be digested, so it 'passes through' the animal. When the civet defecates, it expels the coffee beans-- that's right, this small cat-like animal poops out coffee beans, and farmers harvest them.

The coffee beans are then processed into coffee called Kopi Luwak, which rakes in top dollar. Less than 1,000 pounds per year enters the global markets, and typically it sells for about $600 per pound. One steaming cup of Kopi Luwak can cost from $50 to $100! And people will pay it, because they say it really is that good!

The Civet


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Kopi Luwak in "The Bucket List"

In the "Bucket List" there are two great scenes related to the Kopi Luwak, and I really loved them!

In the movie, Morgan Freeman plays a dying man who has list of things he wants to complete before dying-- these lists are generally known as 'bucket lists', hence the title. In one scene, he reads this list to Jack Nicholson's character. He describes the process of making the Kopi Luwak, which as you can imagine gets a funny reaction.

The scene begins as very funny, then turns to a very heart-warming and touching moment. Morgan Freeman gets the opportunity to cross off one more thing on his bucket list: laugh until crying. The result is a brilliant scene to watch, full of emotion.

The second scene is when Jack Nicholson character offers the coffee to someone else .This scene in my eyes is so typical to the characters Jack Nicholson plays and it is simply fun to watch. Again I hope you will find it amusing as much as I did.

Coffee Love!


Morgan Freeman & Jack Nicholson In The "Bucket List"

Jack Nicholson and Kopi Luwak


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      Chen 3 years ago

      Ha! I know, I tell everyone they've got to see it. I love movies that can make you 'laugh till you cry'. Kopi Luwak- it's definitely something that people are either intrigued by or repelled by instantly. If someone can't get over the 'organic processing method' of it, there's not going to be much to convince them. Thanks for commenting, kotobukijake!

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      kotobukijake 3 years ago

      "Cats beat me to it!" Best line in the movie, bar none. This truly is a criminally underrated movie, though I've got to admit it did little to sell me on Kopi Luwak. Great idea for a hub.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for the review. I must get the film out to rent some time. Great Cast. :)