- We are resending this blog to those of you who subscribe so that you can see the photos that went along with it, now that we have the blog software fixed. Enjoy! Kopi Luwak coffee is one of the rarest and most expensive cups of coffee you can buy. It sells between $100-600 per pound, or between $35-80 for a cup if you happen to find one that carries it. You can only find it in a select few Asian countries, and Bali (Indonesia) is the main producer. When Trevor first brought up the idea of visiting the farm where they produce this coffee, I thought “no thanks, no poop for me”. But then I realized that this is a unique opportunity that many other coffee lovers would die for, so I said yes. Ok, so why am I calling it “poop coffee”? For fun really, but seriously there is poop involved.
The animals that are used to create this coffee are called Luwak’s or Civet Cats. The Coffee berries are eaten by a civet for their fruit pulp. After spending about a day and a half in the civet’s digestive tract the beans are then defecated in clumps, having kept their shape and still covered with some of the fleshy berry’s inner layers. Despite being in contact with feces and other bacteria, the beans contain little amounts of the organisms associated with feces. The final roasting of the beans would eliminate any remaining bacteria.
When we first arrived, we had a lovely tour through the plants that were growing around the farm. We saw vanilla plants, coffee plants, and cacao plants, as well some others such as ginseng.
After walking through the gardens, we came to an area where a local man was roasting the coffee beans, and our guide showed us the process of how the beans go from being “poop” to coffee. First, they are dried out, then crushed, then roasted, and finally sifted to make the ground coffee.
After the short tour, we were taken into this outdoor gazebo area where our guide offered us samples of all the teas and coffees that are popular here in Bali. We truly enjoyed this experience. She even brought out chocolate for us to taste, which tasted so fresh, is would melt in your mouth. I wouldn’t be surprised if they processed it here also. Believe it or not, the entire tour, as well as the samples of tea and coffee were completely free. The only thing you had to pay for was the “poop coffee”, which at $5 per cup was a bargain compared to the costs I mentioned above. We drank it black with no sugar or cinnamon added (which is the way that was recommended). We both thought it was a great cup of coffee. No bitterness, or blandness like you get at home with pots of coffee. No, it didn’t taste like poop at all! I would recommend trying it sometime if you are ever in a country that offers it at a good price!