I will try to clarify all about this unique Kopi Luwak Coffee, whose strange process makes people talk, but in most cases without true knowledge of its origin and process. As the creator of the brand Al’s Original Coffees and Real Kopi Luwak, I will invite you to have a look into this website so that you can learn in a pleasant and graphical way all about the famous Kopi Luwak Coffee. From Indonesian Kopi: Coffee and Luwak: Asian Palm Civet, also called Civet Coffee, Luwak Coffee or “Cat poop coffee”.
What is Kopi Luwak or Luwak Coffee?
It’s a gourmet coffee made from the ripest coffee berries which has been eaten by and passed through the digestive tract of this animal (Paradoxurus Hermaphroditus). The civets eat the berries but the beans inside them pass through their system undigested. The Luwak graciously deposits them on the jungle floor where they are eagerly collected by the local coffee farmers.
Many people argue that Kopi Luwak coffee is an urban myth or legend but I must deny this statement. Even, in some books specialized about coffees, I have read that the author doubts about its existence.
To clarify a bit more about Kopi Luwak coffee, Doctor Massimo Marcone, an expert on food, from University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, was sent a sample of Kopi Luwak so that he could analyze it and find any difference between this coffee and an ordinary one.
At first he did not believe in the existence of Kopi Luwak but finally he accepted the proposal. Firstly, Marcone analyzed the Kopi Luwak coffee beans but did not find anything particular. Later, when he observed them under a microscope, he noticed that the Kopi Luwak coffee beans possessed surface micro-pitting (as viewed at 10,000x magnification), which he could not find in ordinary beans.
In the process to obtain Kopi Luwak, there are two participating parts: the animal and the human. As it was mentioned in What is Kopi Luwak? the civet selects the ripest berries of the coffee plants and eats the whole fruit. As the civet cannot digest the seed of the fruit (actually, it is the coffee bean), it expels them among its feces. This is the animal process.
Local farmers collect the feces and here is when the human process starts to obtain the final product. Below there is a description of the whole process to obtain the Real Kopi Luwak of Al’s Original Coffees, it is totally handmade and the only machine used is the coffee roaster.
Cleaning: We receive the feces from coffee farmer’s cooperatives. Later, we crumble and separate the layers, which cover the green beans.
The Luwak or Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus Hermaphroditus), also known as the Common Palm Civet or the Toddy Cat, is a cat-sized mammal in the family Viverridae native to South-east Asia and southern China.
Luwak is the Indonesian name given to the civet. The major population of this animal habits the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago. “Civet” comes from the Arabic word “zabad”.
The species name (Paradoxurus Hermaphroditus) comes from the fact that both sexes have scent glands underneath the tail that resemble testicles. It can spray a noxious secretion from these glands.
I want to warn you that between 70 % and 80% of Kopi Luwak (Civet Coffee), which is available at coffee stores and on the Internet is not 100% Kopi Luwak and it sometimes does not contain anything of the genuine coffee, especially when it is advertised with the following slogan: “This coffee is so good that even the Luwak would like to try it”.
Having said all this, I would recommend that you should investigate where the coffee comes from and who sells it. Al’s Original Coffees sells only 100% genuine Kopi Luwak.
Do not trust in: Cheap Prices. Considering the scarcity of the authentic product, pure Kopi Luwak cannot be sold at low prices.
Making a good cup of coffee at home is not a complicated thing. In fact, you only need to remember a small number of fundamental rules to make good coffee. The history of coffee brewing equipment is rich, and methods of brewing are culturally dependent.
Of the hundreds of coffee machines and coffee brewing devices invented since the advent of coffee consumption, only a few have gained worldwide popularity.
The coffee brewing methods discussed below are recommended since they have been found to maximize the extraction of the beneficial flavors of coffee, while minimizing the extraction of bitter coffee compounds and undesirable components.
I am proud of announcing that “Real Kopi Luwak” is 100% pure Organic Kopi Luwak.
The Arabica beans are bought from coffee farmers cooperatives in the highlands of Kintamani, Island of Bali, Indonesia; and they are not mixed with other beans. I personally control the processes of cleaning, selection, roasting and packaging.
The beans are roasted after I receive the customer‘s order and just before shipping them, to guaranty their freshness.