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Kopi Luwak Coffee

Updated on February 11, 2013


Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world. This luxurious beverage is also known as civet coffee or civet cat coffee.

Kopi Luwak coffee sells for anywhere between $100 and $600 per pound. A cup of cafe Luwak coffee in an upscale restaurant would cost about $33.00 to $50.00. Of the few restaurants or coffee shops that carry Kopi Luwak, it is reported that typical sales are about four cups sold per week.

Don't let the Hawaiian sounding name fool you. When you buy Kopi Luwak it is not coming from Honolulu as most great kona coffee is produced. The civet coffee beans originate from the islands of Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi which are located in the South Eastern Asian countries.


It is a simple equation of supply vs. demand. Supplies of the luwak coffee are limited; only 1,000 pounds (450 kg) at most make it into the world market each year. If that is the reason that civet coffee beans are so expensive then why are the amounts so limited?

Are the coffee trees not producing in South East Asia?

Coffee trees are producing nice beans but the process involved in producing true kopi luwak for sale.


The Asian palm civet, a cat-like animal also known as a luwak, eats the fresh coffee cherries that have just fallen from the trees which typically have the ripest and best coffee beans inside. When the civet eats the coffee cherries but it doesn't digest the beans inside. After the beans pass through the civet's digestive system, workers collect them and wash them in spring water.

The culture suggests that the civet's digestive enzymes assist to make the beans less acidic, and improving the coffee's mild and smooth flavor. In order to take advantage of this process you can imagine that the civets together don't produce as many beans as an ordinary tree would. And adding to the processing of the collection, cleaning, drying, and packaging of the beans adds additional costs which is another reason for the increase in price of the civet cat coffee.


Asian Palm Civet

Here is all of the scientific classifications of the civet.

The civet is an animal that is cat-like in the face and head but with more otter or mongoose features through out. Obviously, this animals primary diet consists of coffee cherries which are passed through the digestive tract and the undigested beans are harvested and cleaned for the most sought after coffee in the world, Kopi Luwak Coffee. Kopi is the Indonesian word for coffee and Luwak is the localized name of the Asian palm civet cat.


Get the most expensive beans at Buy Cheap Coffee

Buy cheap coffee has it for much less than the $600/pound price tag. This kopi luwak online shop provides you with smaller quantities to try what all the fuss is about on a small budget. When you try it and love it come back for more at a little more larger quantity.

Do you think you would ever try this coffee

If you have never experienced a cup of Kopi Luwak, would you at least say that you have tried a cup of this coffee?

Even though I have just read how this coffee is produced I would try it at least once!

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WHO DRINKS THIS KIND OF COFFEE? - Carmine Sabatini and Me

People who know good tasting coffee and don't get hung up on the actual process of the coffee bean. Most of us eat lots more repugnant things than this. But when I first heard about this high society coffee and the exotic nature of it, I was reminded of a movie where I would picture Carmine Sabatini having a $50.00 cup finishing off a meal of kimodo dragon in The Freshman, starring Marlon Brando as Sabatini, and a younger Matthew Broderick. If nothing else put it on your bucket list of something to accomplish before you leave this place.

Bucket List Description of Kopi Luwak Coffee - If nothing else put it on your bucket list of something to accomplish before you leave this place.

How Taste is Derived

The internal fermentation by digestive enzymes adds the different flavor to the beans, which when described like a fine wine, the coffee is rich with jungle and chocolate undertones.

The Kopi beans are lower in total protein, which indicates that while the cats digest these beans the proteins are broken down and extracted out of the bean. Since proteins typically make coffee bitter during the roasting process, the lower contents of proteins decrease the bitterness of Civet coffee.

Known in the coffee industry, wet processed or fermented coffee beans have superior flavor to dry-processed coffee. Since the cats ferment these beans digestively you would have to conclude the richness and better flavor of the final product.

Let us know we would love to hear some real testimonials on the flavors of this coffee.

What do you think about Civet Coffee or Kopi Luwak Coffee - Have an opinion or have you ever tried Luwak coffee.

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      5 years ago

      I know all about this coffee but I have never tasted it. Excellent presentation of the most expensive coffee in the world. I enjoyed very much the video clip of The Bucket List. Thanks for sharing:=)

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      anne mohanraj 

      5 years ago

      An interesting lens!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I loved the part in Bucket List about Kopi Luwak Coffee and sure enjoyed reading and learning more about it

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      5 years ago

      I would like to try Kopi luwak coffee. The process of producing it does put me off a bit, but it's been washed and boiled, so why not?


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