This morning a bright-eyed, bushy tailed salesman came into the café. In a fantastic, limited time only, super lucky for us occasion he said we could buy some Kopi Luwak coffee from him. In case you haven’t heard of Kopi Luwak coffee, I’ll take a minute to fill you in. It is an Indonesian coffee that goes through a very special wash process. The cherries are removed from the trees and put into a huge bucket. Next, a hungry civet cat is also put in the bucket. Civet cats love eating coffee cherries, but they are unable to digest the raw beans inside*. *Remember this part, it is important later.
Nom. Nom. Nom. The happy kitty dines on coffee until it is full and satisfied. We’re told the civet choses which cherries to eat based on natural instinct. We are then told other amazing facts like it breathes air and has fur. Now for the exciting part. The raw coffee beans pass through the digestion of the civet in very similar fashion to when you skip dinner and only eat peanuts from the bar all night. The coffee bean riddled cat poo is then collected, the beans are removed, roasted, and sold door-to-door across the world. You think I’m making this up? Well then where did I get the picture of the civet at the coffee cherries?!
We cupped the coffee next to our favourite Ethiopia, and invited our new number 2 friend to join us. First the Ethiopia – bright, floral, fruity and exploding with flavour. We were pretty happy with the taste, but I think the dung slinger was looking for the closest door to make an escape. Next, we sip the Kopi Luwak – over roasted, stale, with many pronounced shitty notes and flavours. Just out of curiosity, we asked the price. We’d have to sell it at RMB600/100g or close to RMB200 per cup. Moral of the sales pitch – if you want to get rich quick, start crapping coffee.
If you drive an electroplated Maserati, have a pinky nail over 2 inches long, carry a man purse, or have so much guanxi you can taste it, then this coffee is for you. If you’re into good coffee and your bank balance is seven figures or less, we suggest one of our many fresh roasted single origins or blends.