One of the more interesting things we did while in Bali was to try kopi luwak (civet coffee). I’ve heard of it before and was not interested at all to try it. A couple of specialty coffee shops here serve it. First of all, I was put off after knowing how the coffee beans are “processed” and the other reason was that kopi luwak is expensive (over USD35 per cup!).
But we found ourselves at a farm / coffee plantation. They offered tea and coffee tasting. We thought, why not? A man walked us through the whole process of how kopi luwak is made. They had a few civets in cages. He explained how they collect the droppings,
wash them and then dry them under the sun for five days;
wash them again and dry them again for another five days,
peel off an outer layer of the seeds,
wash and then dry them again for yet another five days,
They are then roasted for 30 minutes over open fire,
before being ground to a fine powder.
After knowing more about the process, it is not as off-putting as I’d originally thought. Even my son, who’s so squeamish about things, agreed to try kopi luwak… and loved it!