Jakarta, Indonesia — The Associated Press Published on Tuesday,
Indonesia's top Islamic body declared Tuesday that Muslims can drink civet coffee — the world's most expensive coffee, which is extracted from the dung of civet cats.
A preacher recently suggested the beverage might not be “halal” — or religiously approved — because its unusual provenance makes it unclean. But after a long discussion Tuesday, the influential Indonesian Ulema Council said that the coffee, known locally as Kopi Luwak, could be consumed as long as the beans were washed.
Kopi Luwak, which takes it name from the Indonesian word for civets, is made from hard beans that have been eaten by the nocturnal critters and then fermented in their stomachs before being pooped out and roasted. Civet cats are mongoose-like animals.
It's highly prized for its smooth flavour and bitterless aftertaste, sometimes fetching well over $200 a pound ($440 per kilogram) online.
“Kopi Luwak can be declared ‘halal' after passing through a washing process,” said Maruf Amien, acting head of the council. “Producing, selling and drinking it is allowed.”
In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, Kopi Luwak is produced in the main Java island, Sumatra and Sulawesi. It is also found under different names elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Only 450 kilograms are said to be produced annually worldwide.
The Ulema Council has often issued fatwas, or edicts, including several controversial rulings against smoking and yoga. Its edicts are not legally binding, but many devout Muslims abide by them.
I am Indonesian and Muslim, and I prefer to not listen to MUI because it is already proven so many times that their "Fatwa" (decision) being used for the government benefit only.
But seriously though, even if I am not Muslim, I still can't push myself to drink from something that came out from dung. Yuck! I prefer Nescafe instead!
By the way, any fatwa from MUI only for Muslim, guys. You can always have Luwak Coffee even if MUI said it is Haram (forbidden).
Wow... way more info then I needed, greek.
I have a whole new respect for DunkDoughnuts coffee, folgers, maxwell house ect.
I think I'd like to place an order for coffee - make mine a sugar-free vanilla latte - and hold the dung if you don't mind!
What kind of pastry actually goes with this dung coffee? And what is that pastry made from?
How good could those beans have been if it has to go through a civet's rectum to taste any good?
So many questions...
Kopi Luwak is tasty, i had to try it after seeing "the Bucket list" - your produce is grown in manure, is there really a difference?
You should wash everything before consuming it
Manure? I don't go for the organic crap. My produce is grown using chemicals.
how can ANYBODY drink something that comes out of crap?? this just makes me say.....EEEWWWWW
...changes my thoughts on that expression....'so who put sh** in your coffee this morning?' (sometimes i say it when people are in a bad mood)...now i'm going to picture this guy doing his thing....
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