Kopi Luwak is the most expensive type of coffee. It is produced in Indonesia, Sumatra, Java, and Sulawesi. The main secret is not in the unique microclimate of the regions for growing, not in the special secrets of agricultural technology, but in the interesting technology of processing coffee beans. Thanks to this original process, coffee acquires the finest flavor and aroma and the highest cost.
The main production secret is a small animal – a palm civet. For the civet, coffee berries are a favorite delicacy. At the same time, only the pulp is digested in the animal’s stomach, and the beans themselves “come out” unchanged …
Farmers use the traditional technology of growing and picking coffee berries. But at the final stage, instead of the usual drying, a secret weapon is used – Luwak, as civet is called in the local dialect.
It is thanks to the fermentation in the stomach of the civet that this sort of coffee acquires its unique aroma and the most delicate taste. At the same time, the price of Kopi Luwak fluctuates between $ 100-600 per pound, while buying this type of coffee is not easy.
Naturally, with this processing method, coffee cannot be marketed in large quantities. And while pickers no longer have to track civets on the plantations and collect their droppings in the fields, still no more than 1,000 pounds of coffee comes to the market annually. At the same time, you can drink a cup of this type of coffee for $ 33.
Now civets are kept on special farms, where they are served the best, specially selected berries.
After harvesting, the beans are thoroughly washed.
Then they are dried, sifted, roasted, and, after packaging, the most expensive coffee is sent to consumers.