World’s Most Expensive Coffee: Kopi Luwak

Kopi Luwak is Indonesian. “Kopi” means coffee and “Luwak” is the indonesian word for civets, a mongoose like animal that dwells in tropical forests. What makes Kopi Luwak unique is becuase these coffee beans must first pass through a civet’s digestive system. Kopi Luwak is said to be of better quality than the similar Ethiopian Civet Coffee.

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Civets feast on ripe coffee beans. Once they have been eaten, the coffee beans remain protected within the shells as they pass through the animal; however some biochemicals reach the beans’ surface resulting in the added flavor and change of color. Once collected they undergo a process involving sterilization. Basically, the most expensive coffee in the world comes from shit. A cup of Kopi Luwak costs around US$50.

Posted January 19th, 2006 in category like.