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What do you get when you have luwak (civet cat)…
Kopi Luwak! Forget about Jamaican Blue Mountain, Kona, Tanzanian Peaberry, etc. It was Kopi Luwak who conquers the hearts of many coffee lovers.
Kopi Luwak comes from the islands of Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi. On these Indonesian islands, there’s a tree-dwelling animal that climb among the coffee trees eating only the ripest, reddest coffee cherries. The local natives gather up the limited amount of the Luwak processed parchment coffee, remove the parchment shell, and ultimately ship it to the coffee broker.
The enzymes in the animals’ stomachs, though, appear to add something unique to the coffee’s flavor through fermentation attribute to the unusual flavors to the natural fermentation the coffee beans undergo in luwak’s digestive system. The stomach acids and enzymes are very different from fermenting beans in water.
We got to try the most expensive coffee in the world during our recent trip to Bali. The price? IDR 30,000 (RM11) for a small shot.
Chris savouring Kopi Luwak
Seriously, with that price, we were not sure whether we are getting the real deal. Wikipedia stated that it is selling for between US $100 and $600 per pound. And almost half of the Luwak beans are fake, as we heard.
Amateur coffee drinkers like us can’t even tell the difference! It was complex with bitter and caramel taste and it smelled musty. Honestly, though, this coffee doesn’t really live up to the hype (if we really drank the genuine kopi luwak lar; but we’ll never find out). Its not bad, but its just not good enough to warrant such a premium price.
If you are still interested to take a sip, do drop by Yoga Plantation at Mengwi, Bali. RM11 is small price to pay for the experience after all.
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