Kopi Luwak coffee or Civet coffee

If you are a coffee aficionado, you will have heard of Kopi Luwak coffee or civet coffee. But if this is the first time you have heard this term, we are obliged to introduce it to you and to clarify a few lines about this unique gourmet product.

Why? Simply because civet coffee is unanimously considered one of the best coffees in the world. Although, of course, we could also include it in the ranking of the rarest coffees. It all depends on your point of view.

The definition of Kopi Luwak or civet coffee

Let’s start at the beginning, assuming that the readers who have come to this page are the less initiated.

What exactly is civet coffee? Well, quite simply, it is coffee beans from certain regions of Indonesia, which the civet, a small raccoon-like mammal, ingests, partially digests, and then expels before it is harvested by farmers.

Yes, you read that right, we are talking about civet droppings coffee. No more, no less, just as it sounds.

Put this way, cold, it may seem extravagant and unpleasant, but as we say, kopi luwak civet coffee is one of the most appreciated coffees in the world and its price reaches astronomical heights.

And naturally, we have to explain and clarify some questions about the civet coffee process, so that everything is better understood.

How is civet coffee obtained?

Civets are found in many parts of the world, but in particular we will focus here on Indonesian civets, which live in the regions where these highly sought-after coffee beans are produced.

It turns out that civets, although omnivorous mammals, feed mainly on coffee beans, the familiar coffee berries or cherries that still retain their red colour on the plant. And they have a natural instinct to choose only the beans that are at their optimum ripeness. In other words, the best.

Moreover, when the civets eat the berries, they hardly digest the beans. They expel them practically intact, because they only eat the pulp of the berries. They are, however, able to chemically modify them by means of some of the enzymes that reside in the animal’s stomach.

As a result of this process, the proteins responsible for the original bitterness of the coffee are destroyed, which is why Kopi Luwak coffee beans then have such a silky, fine aroma.

Moreover, in the native language kopi means coffee and luwak means civet. It’s all making more sense now, isn’t it?

IMPORTANT: real kopi luwak coffee is only produced from wild, free-ranging animals. Civets are not exploited or mistreated in any way during the process, because human interaction is limited to the collection and processing of their faeces. For this reason, civet coffee has a low annual production and a very high price.

Coffee sold as artificially produced kopi luwak (using captive civets under dubious ethical conditions) is not the same or tastes the same as the real thing, for the simple reason that these captive civets have no choice in the beans they eat.

Of course, once the civet’s dried faeces are obtained, they are carefully processed, the grains are separated, washed, then peeled and all impurities are removed.

In any case, any hint of doubt will disappear during the subsequent roasting step, which in the case of kopi luwak is usually gentle in order to modify the natural aromas and properties of the beans as little as possible.

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Where does civet coffee come from?

The origin of civet coffee, as mentioned above, is in Indonesia. All kopi luwak comes from that country. Civet coffee from Sumatra and other regions and islands of Indonesia is only found where these animals live in the wild. There is no other secret.

Where can I buy civet coffee?

You can imagine that it is difficult to buy civet coffee, unless you go to a very specialised shop that is able to import it.

As you are not likely to have any of these establishments near your home (unless you live in a big city), the most handy option if you want to treat yourself or want to surprise someone with a gift of gourmet civet coffee is to look for it on Amazon.

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  • Wild Ethically Sourced Premium Kopi Luwak Coffee
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  • Tasting Notes: Smooth, not bitter, with a complex aroma. Hints of Caramel & Chocolate.

The price of civet coffee, however, is prohibitive. We can’t be sure if all the civet coffee on Amazon is 100% wild sourced, or of artificial origin (captive animals), but all the options have a common denominator: it is a very expensive coffee.

We have been able to find out that if you travel to Indonesia in some regions you can have the chance to try a cup of civet coffee for a relatively affordable price. Still expensive for a coffee, but at least affordable to taste and experience it.

Civet coffee beans

When trying to buy civet coffee on Amazon, or if you are lucky enough to find it in a shop, you have two options: buy it already ground, or buy it directly in beans to grind it at home and enjoy it with the maximum freshness.

Of course, this second option is the most recommendable. Since you are going to try such an expensive coffee, the best thing to do is to prepare it as the canons dictate and forget about conveniences and shortcuts.

These are the best options you have to buy civet coffee beans on Amazon:

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Ground civet coffee

Less common, for the reasons already mentioned above, is the option of ground civet coffee.

However, it should be noted that several of the civet coffee brands are sold in both formats (beans and ground), so that the customer can choose, and that it is most commonly found in packs of 50 or 100 grams. Obviously, much smaller than the usual half-kilo or one-kilo packs of “regular” coffee.

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At this point we must warn you: read carefully the origin and composition of the civet coffee you are going to buy. It must be 100% kopi luwak coffee, and not a 50% blend of kopi luwak with other conventional arabica beans.

How to prepare civet coffee so as not to ruin it

At this point, and assuming that we already have our civet coffee at home, it is logical that we have doubts about its preparation and how to make civet coffee. Mainly, so as not to spoil its excellent properties and spoil the high cost we have paid to acquire it.

In principle, and as with any other type of coffee (of good coffee, it should be said), there is no method of preparation that particularly benefits or improves the qualities of civet coffee.

You can consume it and prepare it as you like, although traditionally the most traditional and respectful extraction methods with the raw material (such as espresso, or pour over coffee makers if you know how to use them well) are usually the most suitable for working with a “top” coffee.

Likewise, a traditional Italian moka pot can help us to produce an absolutely pure civet coffee.

But, as we say, this is a matter of taste and there is no better option than another, as long as you respect the one you choose as much as possible and you know what you are doing with the beans at all times.