The Myth of Kopi Luwak

Today we’ve got a pack of Kopi Luwak, which is known to be one of the most expensive coffee beans in the world. Did you know that actually this is not the name of coffee species, but the way of processing? Asian palm chivets, that are proclaimed to the best coffee cherry connoisseurs, care more about the quality of the cherry itself, rather than its kind.

This fact played a cruel joke on them, nowadays Indonesian farmers breed them just like chicken, feeding them with coffee cherries and gathering the feces to extract the fermented beans from them later. Apart from ethical issues, this just cancels the “best cherries” argument towards the Kopi Luwak price leaving us with just fermented coffee.

So before learning all that we did a cupping test and brewed the coffee in a French press: it does have a slight hint of ammoniac, which is quite unusual. But besides that it tasted just like a stale coffee that you kept in your drawer for months, while the packaging date claimed it’s quite fresh.

Here is our conclusion: whenever you feel like spending some money on a rather expensive, consider one that comes from a small farm and has been roasted by your local roastery, rather than exotic, but questionable Kopi Luwak.

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