Do you love coffee? Well coffee is not always bad for health I think, especially when you just take 1 to 3 cups of coffee every day or just contains 300mg of caffeine. Coffee can stimulate blood circulation and become the most often drunk by people after water. But, do you know that the most expensive coffee in the world is from the digestive system of the Asian Palm Civet ? Wow.. you mean we've drunk the civet's pups... ? Not exactly like that..
It called the Civet Coffee or Kopi Luwak in Indonesian language. Civet coffee is coffee that truly made from coffee berries which have been eaten by and passed trough the digestive track of the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus). The Asian Civets eat the berries, people believe that the civets only eat the best berries, but the beans inside pass trough their system undigested. The process takes place in Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi (in the Indonesian Archipelago). But you can find this type of coffee in Philippines, East Timor, and Vietnam too.
What makes this Civet Coffee so expensive ? Many reasons, first is from the taste. Civet Coffee has a unique, strange, and exotic taste. People curious about the taste and like to try. Second, is from how the civet coffee has been roasted. It fermented naturally inside the civet's digestive system. Enzymes inside the civet's stomach is breaking down the proteins that give bitter flavour to the coffee bean. That complicated process make the Civet Coffee is more expensive than others. Nowadays, Asian Palm Civets are very rare, in Java people tend to hunt the civets for their meat. They believe that civets meat has ability to cure asthma.
Maybe because the Civet Coffee production is very limited, only 1,000 pounds (450 kg) go to the world market each year. Price range for Civet Coffee is $120 to $600 USD per pound and sold mainly in United States and Japan. Coffee shops sell the Civet Coffee about $33 to $99 USD per cup. This kind of coffee is very phenomenal, even Oprah has talked about Civet Coffee in her show.
Although some people may doubt this kind of coffee, between real or just a myth, but the Civet Coffee still become the most expensive, strange, and unique coffee in the world and it come from Indonesia.