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Coffee Kopi Luwak Bali. Civet Poop Coffee!

Last Updated 14/09/2022.

The most expensive coffee in the world, coffee Kopi Luwak, starts with a Civet in Bali. These little civets are hard at work processing coffee beans to make Kopi Luwak. Looks like a tough job doesn’t it. I’d never heard of coffee kopi luwak until the day we accidentally visited a spice garden in Bali, much less knew how it was produced, whoever would have thought that coffee kopi luwak needed some extreme processing to make it so smooth and expensive?

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Civets busy making Coffee Kopi Luwak Bali


Coffee Kopi Luwak Bali 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.

Coffee Kopi Luwak Bali, How It’s Done.

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 poop coffee, this would be one of my top ten things to do.

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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. Lemongrass tea was a big hit with them, heavy on the sugar.

Check out our post on the best family hotels and resorts in Bali!

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.


Friday 14th of February 2020

The coffee Kopi Luwak is from suffering civits living in cages stacked on top of one other. A tourist trap encouraging you to drink a civets excrement for money! THESE WILD ANIMALS ARE RAISED AND DIE IN CIVIT MILLS.

Alyson for World Travel Family

Saturday 15th of February 2020

You are completely 100% correct. No way I would support this industry, ever.

mark isenstadt

Friday 6th of December 2019

actually Black Ivory coffee from Thailand is the most expensive coffee in the world. it goes through a fermentation process in an elephant.

Alyson for World Travel Family

Friday 6th of December 2019

I think that came about after this post was published. Yes I've heard of that. Pretty gross. The Kopi Luwak certainly wasn't worth paying for and was terribly cruel.


Thursday 22nd of January 2015

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


Thursday 28th of March 2013

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


Friday 29th of March 2013

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.


Monday 12th of November 2012

I've read about this before! I'm just glad I don't drink coffee!

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