Kopi Luwak

Kopi Luwak


Kopi luwak (Indonesian pronunciation), or civet coffee, refers to the beans of coffee berries once they have been eaten and excreted by the Asian Palm Civet.  The name is also used for marketing brewed coffee made from those beans.

Few objective assessments of taste are available.  Kopi luwak is a name for any beans collected from the excrement of civets, hence the taste may vary with the type and origin of beans ingested, processing subsequent to collection, roasting, ageing and brewing. The ability of the civet to select its cherries, and other aspects of the civet’s diet and health (e.g. stress levels) may also influence the processing and hence taste.

In the coffee industry kopi luwak is widely regarded as a gimmick or novelty item.

How to Find Original Kopi Luwak:
Find an original kopi Luwak distributor who has a Certification of Authenticity (CoA) from Indonesia’s government body, that officially monitors and supervises nationwide coffee and cocoa plantation:

Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research Institute (ICCRI)

Intensive chive breeding :
Many companies put the chives in a cage in order to have a greater production of Kopi Luwak.  Often the living conditions of the chive are more than tiny, even inhuman. The badly adapted nutrition and the stress related to the captivity lead several animals to let go until death.

It is NOT recommend the purchase of Luwak coffee to regular coffee consumers, due to:
1.    Its limited availability
2.    Its premium price
3.    Its origin which for some doesn’t find too appealing

Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research Institute


Is Kopi Luwak (Civet Coffee) for Real?

Certificates of authenticity issuing following warnging:
This certificate is issued only if a sample of a specific harvest is sent to the SUCOFINDO laboratory in Djakarta. Once evaluated, the laboratory emits a certificate mentioning that the received sample of Kopi Luwak coffee is pure for a 100%.

But afterwards, nothing guarantees at the time of the sale that the harvest of the analyzed sample will indeed be composed of pure Kopi Luwak. The authorities do not have any capacity of follow-up or of control on the working methods of the retailers.


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