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Tasting the world’s most expensive coffee

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.

It doesn't look all that expensive...

It doesn’t look all that expensive…

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.

Asian Palm Civets, similar to weasels, are also known by the cute name 'Toddy Cats'

Asian Palm Civets, similar to weasels, are also known by the cute name ‘Toddy Cats’

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.

Yes, this is what it looks like

Yes, this is what it looks like

The resulting ‘scat’ is harvested by farmers, who wash the beans, deshell them and roast them ready for grinding.

Washed...

Washed…

...and roasted

…roasted…

...and ground

…and ground

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.

Our resident coffee guru tasting the goods

Our resident coffee guru tasting the goods

Would he pay $300 for 100 grams? Not likely!

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