21 April 2015

Civet Coffee {Kopi Luwak}



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!).

Coffee-and-tea-tasting-(1)

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,
Civet-droppings-(1)
wash them and then dry them under the sun for five days;
Coffee-beans-(1) 
wash them again and dry them again for another five days,
Coffee-beans-(2)

peel off an outer layer of the seeds,
Coffee-beans-(3)

wash and then dry them again for yet another five days,
Coffee-beans-(4) 
They are then roasted for 30 minutes over open fire,
Roasting-coffee-beans-(1)

before being ground to a fine powder. 
Mortar-and-pestle-(1)

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!
 Trying-kopi-luak-(1) 

13 COMMENTS:

NC Sue said...

Yum - looks tasty!
Great shots, and I thank you for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/04/at-keyboard.html

Tamar SB said...

What a cool process and great pics!

elizabeth said...

What an interesting process. Fun to know how the coffee, made known to me from the movie, The Bucket List, is actually made.

Dominique Goh said...

We didn't try that when we were in Bali. It must have been an interested experience for the kids.

chai-and-chardonnay.blogspot.com said...

I have heard about the coffee but never tried it - much too expensive. Thanks for explaining the process and your pictures are great!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

It does make one wonder who ever thought of it first...perhaps one Monday morning and some one was out of coffee???

CarolHart said...

Fascinating. Never heard of this coffee before.

EarlK said...

Wonderful series of photos. Very interesting process. Especially love the photo of all the cups of coffee.

abrianna said...

Great photos. we would not drink the civet coffee but we would drink the tea.

bettyl-NZ said...

Hmmm....I think I'll stick with my boring, normal coffee, thanks!

edenhills said...

Very interesting.

Lisa Kerner said...

LOL... I have a friend over in your area of the world who LOVES the stuff... says it's the best coffee he has ever had. I think I'd try it, especially knowing it is clean. I did not realize it was so expensive though, yikes.

Stephanie Robinson said...

Interesting information to accompany great photographs - thankfully I'm more of a tea person ;) #lifethruthelens

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