What if we told you some people spend a whopping $50-$60 CDN on a cup of coffee, and that the beans used in that coffee were picked from animal feces? YUP. You read that right and apparently it is more common than we thought (and enjoyed by many.) I know this information is cringe-worthy and the thought of it may make your stomach turn, but you need to continue reading this!
This Coffee making process is quite common and happens around the globe. It is a greener approach to fermenting coffee beans and leaves an unattainable favour on the beans!
First up- we head to Indonesia where Kopi Luwak coffee originated. This method involves the
Indonesia Civet Cat- which belongs to the Viverrida Family. These Civet Cats survive off of the ripest coffee cherries in Indonesia. During digestion, the coffee cherries and pulp are removed and digested, however the bean remains whole. This is where the ‘unique’ fermentation process occurs that is responsible for the coffee beans unique taste. After 24 hours, the coffee beans are defecated by the civet cat. The coffee beans are handpicked, washed, dried, pounded to remove the beans skin, sorted and finally roasted. The taste of the Kopi Luwak coffee is explained to be earthy, smooth and surprisingly less bitter than a regular cup of Arabica coffee. The average cost of Kopi Luwak coffee sits at about $100 US per pound.
So, would you try these?
The prices alone is ridiculous in our opinion; however it is understandable with the amount of physical labour and time that goes into creating these unique blends.
Unfortunately, the knowledge of the process alone was enough of a turn off.
However, these blends are fairly popular and loved by many- so the taste has to be enjoyable.