Kopi Luwack : Extreme Coffee in Sumatra

It’s the most exotic, rare and expensive coffee in the world. Kopi Luwack which comes from the dung of the Common Palm Civet or Luwack is so rare some believe it doesn’t exist.

Much of the coffee which can sell for more than $50 dollars a cup in New York, Hong Kong or Tokyo has been cut or is simply fake.

Broadcast: 11/09/2007
Reporter: Peter Cave
Network: Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

The ABC’s foreign affairs editor Peter Cave is a coffee lover who has been seeking the real thing for many years, so he headed to the mountains of Sumatra to track down the exotic brew and sample it with the farmers who collect the civet dropping from the forest floor and who are experimenting with taming and domesticating the increasingly endangered Luwak.

Transcript begins: “Hello I’m Peter Cave in Lampung in Sumatra. You know there’s an old joke that goes something like this: If it looks like crap, feels like crap, smells like crap … in a minute I’ll tell you what it tastes like

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2 thoughts on “Kopi Luwack : Extreme Coffee in Sumatra”

  1. I’ve had the pleasure of sampling Kopi Luwak. A coffee lover in Melbourne I know travels across the world to buy single origin beans from fantastic growers. He brought back a tiny amount of beans from a trip to Sumatra and we tried the famous coffee.

    I have to say it was delicious, but my friend Mark did mention that the quality of true Kopi Luwak can vary tremendously as a result of the many different ways in which it is ‘prepared’. It’s hard to talk about a standard for this strange coffee, because the production processes aren’t controlled.

    It’s one of those things I’m happy to say I’ve done in my life – ticked the Kopi Luwak box if you like – but there’s absolutely no way you’d catch me paying £50 a cup or any of the other insane prices quoted for this coffee. Sure, scarcity raises costs, but to charge that much for a cup of coffee is just plain daft. The only thing stupider is the people who pay it!

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