What makes Kopi Luwak distinctive from the other coffees is in the process of producing it. Unlike normal coffee where the coffee beans are harvested by coffee growers from the coffee fruits in plantations, Kopi Luwak is actually “harvested” from an animal.

 


That animal is the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus Hermaphrodites), known to the locals as “Luwak”, hence the name “Kopi Luwak” or Luwak’s coffee.


Getting an animal to “harvest” the coffee beans is obviously a tedious work, the very reason Kopi Luwak is the most exclusive coffee in the world – because it is very difficult to produce. So why do we go through all the troubles to get the Luwak to “harvest” the coffee? The answer lies in the quality of the coffee beans that are produced by the Luwak.

 

Luwak is known to be a very fussy eater and coffee fruits are its favorite food; it consumes only the ripest and juiciest coffee fruits that contain high quality coffee beans. As coffee fruits together with the coffee beans in it are eaten and passed through the digestive system of the Luwak, special proteolytic enzymes in its stomach alter the coffee beans which directly affect the final taste of the coffee beverage produced.

 

The Luwak’s body cannot fully digest the coffee beans, therefore after several hours of “special reaction” in its body the undigested beans are excreted by the Luwak along with its feces. The excreted beans are treasures to the Kopi Luwak “hunters”, as they will later be cleaned, dried, roasted, and brewed into the finest coffee beverage in the world.

 

Traditionally, Kopi Luwak beans are collected in the wild, as the Luwak roam around the coffee plantations in the highlands, leaving behind its treasured feces. This is a very tedious and slow process, and due to the randomness of the natural process, the results are often unpredictable.

 

As the demand of Kopi Luwak grows, creative entrepreneurs have found a way to overcome the issues by creating the Kopi Luwak farm. Farmed Kopi Luwak eliminates unpredictability by having caged Luwaks produce a constant supply of coffee beans that are collected fresh daily. The diet of the Luwak can also be controlled as the farmers feed the Luwak with fruits, vegetables and chicken meat, which are its natural diet that goes well toward producing quality coffee beans.


Exotica Kopi Luwak is sourced from both wild Kopi Luwak hunters and farmed Kopi Luwak farmers and sold as separate products, giving our customers choices depending on their preference. In the meantime, we are also researching new methods to produce Kopi Luwak in a natural habitat. If successful, we may be able to bridge the gaps between both wild and farmed Kopi Luwak to meet the ever increasing demand from our customers worldwide.





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