Coffee connoisseurs of the world will know all about Kopi Luwak – a type of coffee that costs around $300 for 100 grams – and we were going to try it at a plantation near Ubud, Bali.
Kopi Luwak, or Luwak coffee, is made from the beans of coffee cherries that have been partly digested by these little guys – Asian palm civets.
At night, the palm civets climb through the trees and seek out the juiciest and ripest coffee cherries they can find. The cherries then travel through their digestive system, where the coffee beans are fermented in the civits’ bellies and… expelled.
The resulting ‘scat’ is harvested by farmers, who wash the beans, deshell them and roast them ready for grinding.
So what was it like? I actually don’t like coffee, so I’m not the best person to ask – but Dale (who loves coffee) tells me that it was smoother than conventional coffee with far less acidity.
Would he pay $300 for 100 grams? Not likely!