Yes, you read that right and no, that is not a typo. Since moving to Poland, I have learned so much about other countries and cultures but learning about Kopi Luwak coffee, or the slang phrase ‘poop coffee’ is (by far) is the most interesting to date.
My husband’s coworker recently went to Indonesia and brought us back this bag of coffee beans. They sure look normal, but the process is anything but. Not to mention, this is the most expensive coffee in the world (selling in some parts of Asia for $80 a cup!). Kinda ironic isn’t it? Anyways, here is everything you need to know – and more than you might want to – about Kopi Luwak coffee 🙂
This coffee comes from the Indonesian island of Sumatra where this small, cat-like animal lives (locals call them luwaks). Kinda cute eh? Well, these cute little things love to eat a red, ripe coffee cherry – bean and all. While the bean is in the stomach, it undergoes chemical treatments and fermentations. The bean finishes its journey through the digestive system, and ‘exits’. The beans are then collected from the forest floor, cleaned, roasted and ground just like any other coffee. Umm…who do you think tried this first?