So what is kopi luwak?“Kopi Luwak” coffee comes from the Coffee Plantations throughout the archipelago of Indonesia, specifically on the islands of Sumatra, Java and the Island of the Gods, Bali.
It’s an area well-known for its excellent coffee. Also native to the area is a small cat-like animal called a civet, the locals call them luwaks. These little mammals live in the trees and one of their favourite foods is the red, ripe coffee cherry. They eat the cherries, bean and all.
Kopi Luwak refers to the beans of coffee berries once they have been eaten by the civet and then the bean is excreted intact.
This process improves the coffee through two mechanisms, selection and digestion. Selection occurs when the civets chooses to eat coffee berries containing better beans. The digestive mechanism improves the flavour profile of the coffee beans that have been eaten.
The civet eats the berries for the beans' fleshy pulp, then in the digestive tract, fermentation occurs. The civet's proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through the civet's intestines the beans are then collected.
The resulting coffee is like no other. It has a rich, heavy flavour with hints of caramel or chocolate. The body is almost syrupy and it's very smooth.
Kopi Luwak is the rarest type of coffee.
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