Kopi Luwak. Civet Poo Coffee

Civets Kopi Luwak

Civets busy making Kopi Luwak

The Most Expensive Coffee In The World, Kopi Luwak, starts with a Civet

Those civets are hard at work processing coffee beans to make Kopi Luwak,  the most expensive coffee in the world. Looks like a tough job doesn’t it!

Kopi Luwak. Civet Poo

Before and after, the coffee berries are red, the little brown parcels are the end result,                                     after civet processing.

This may offend the more sensitive among you.

The little furry chaps eat the red coffee berries, digest the fruit and pass the indigestible beans in the normal way. During the process digestive enzymes enter the beans, doing something to peptides and amino acids that makes the resulting coffee less bitter. The civet poop beans are washed, dried and brewed as normal

I tried it. I wasn’t hugely impressed, I certainly wouldn’t pay the hefty price tag, even if civet abuse wasn’t involved, but it’s good coffee.

We visited a spice farm on Bali where they produced the Kopi Luwak, it’s also made on Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi. If you’re visiting Bali with children or have a particular interest in civet poo coffee, this would be one of my top ten things to do.

roasting civet coffee Bali

Hand roasting the civet coffee beans

Despite the coffee not doing it for me, the spice farm was great, we travel with two small children so it’s all new and interesting to them, touching and smelling the spices, watching the coffee beans being hand roasted and tasting a selection of teas and coffees. Lemon grass tea was a big hit with them, heavy on the sugar.

If you’re ever in Bali, check it out, but be aware that the industry, on a big scale, is very abusive to these little civets. There are links in the comments.

Part of Photo Friday on Delicious Baby.


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  1. I’ve been wanting to try Kopi Luwak here in Penang. The Peranaken Museum sells it in their cafe, but your Balinese Spice Farm looks much more interesting. For some reason, I had pictured people foraging in the jungle for the “processed” beans. I didn’t realize that they just kept a civet and collected it from the cage.

  2. Michele, thanks for your comment, you made me wonder how the Kopi Luwak is produced for the mass market. This farm only had two civet cats on show, I really hope civets aren’t being battery farmed for their poop in some coffee factory farm. I think I should give it a Google and stand up for civet rights!

  3. I’ve read about this before! I’m just glad I don’t drink coffee!

  4. yaiza says:

    where is this spice farm?
    Im am on bali now and want to vissit one

    • I’m sorry I have no idea! Our driver took us there on the way back from the volcano to Ubud. I guess if you ask any of the drivers they’ll know of this one or a similar one, they were obviously on commission for taking people there. I would usually avoid spice farms, I’ve been to plenty before, always on drivers’ insistence, but this was great for the kids, it was their first time. There is always a lot of hard sell.

  5. lol its funny u writing about luwak.. but im so happy can read ur journey while in indonesia :)

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