World's Most Expensive Coffee - Civet Coffee

Indonesia has a variety of coffee, like coffee Aceh, Makassar Coffee, Toraja Coffee,and others. But there's one coffee from Indonesia to worldwide. Namely, Luwak coffee.Why so special?

Luwak(Civet) coffee is famous for its price is quite expensive. If you want to sip coffee this kindin Jakarta, the price can be hundreds of thousands of dollars per cup. However,according to Oprah Winfrey in one episode of her talk show in America, a cup of civet coffee valued at U.S. $ 50 (IDR 500 thousand). And, in containers sold for about U.S. $600 (USD 60 million) per 4.5 kg. That's why coffee is dubbed the world's most expensive coffee.

The reason coffee is expensive and special, because the process of making coffee is very unique. Civet coffee is coffee beans found in civet droppings, a type of animal thata lot of squirrels living in the forest edge near coffee plantations.

Naturally, Luwak beans have the instinct to choose a really ripe and should be eaten. In the digestive mongoose, the beans had chemical reactions with enzyme digestionmongoose. It is this process which gives a different taste in Luwak coffee.

Well, from civet droppings tersebutlah whole bean coffee that will be processed into aLuwak coffee. And, a cup of coffee is delicious and flavorful mongoose.


The origin of Luwak Coffee is closely related to the history of the coffee crop cultivation in Indonesia. At the beginning of the 18th century, the Dutch opened the plantation of commercial crops in the colonies in the Dutch East Indies, especially in Java and Sumatra. One of them is arabica coffee seedlings imported from Yemen. In the era of "Planted Forced" or cultuurstelsel (1830-1870), Dutch ban indigenous plantation workers picking fruit coffee for personal consumption, but the locals wanted to try the famous drink coffee. Then the plantation workers eventually find that there is a kind of weasel who likes to eat the coffee fruit, but only the flesh is digested, the epidermis and the coffee beans is still intact and undigested. Coffee beans in the civet droppings are then picked, washed, roasted, ground, then brewed with hot water, then created Luwak coffee. The news about the pleasures of aromatic coffee is finally wafted by the citizens Netherlands planter, then later coffee craze has become one Holland rich.Because of its rarity and the manufacturing process is not common, civet coffee is coffee too expensive since the colonial era.

Mongoose, weasel or mongoose full, happy to look for fruits that are quite good and cooked, including coffee fruit as food. Civet coffee will choose fruit that really cook a meal, and thereafter, the beans are protected and undigested hard skin will come out with dirt mongoose. Coffee beans like this, in the past often hunted coffee farmers, because it is believed to come from the best coffee beans and has been fermented naturally in the stomach mongoose. And supposedly, this civet coffee taste really different and special among the fans and connoisseurs of coffee.
Civet coffee provided by the Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, on his visit to Australia in early March 2010 to the attention of the press in Australia because, according to the Australian Quarantine Bureau is through the examination first. The press called him the building diplomacy. 

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