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.
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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