Bali’s most expensive coffee
Kopi Luwak is coffee brewed on beans that has been through the digestion system ofa civet – a cat like mostly nocturnal mammal. The civets eat the coffee cherries for their fleshy pulp, but the beans are left intact all the way through the digestion system. The enzymes inside the civet’s stomach extract the bitterness from the coffee, making Kopi Luwak smooth and mild with a sweet aftertaste.
Originally Kopi Luwak was made from beans found in feces from civets living in the wild, making the collecting process quite time consuming, which explains why prices can get close to 1000$ for a kilo of Kopi Luwak. Now a lot of Kopi Luwak comes from civets in captivity, which raises some ethical issues and shouldn’t taste as good as Kopi Luwak from civets living in the wild as wild civets apparently are quite picky animals when it comes to coffee and only eat the best berries, which guarantees quality beans quality.
Kopi Luwak can be found all over Bali, both in shops and cafés. Whether the taste of Kopi Luwak is worth the price several times higher a normal cup of coffee is debatable, but it is inarguably a unique experience drinking a cup of coffee that has passed through a furry mammal.