Kopi Luwak

Today is national coffee day. Usually, I don’t care about these national days for everything, including your cocker spaniel-zebra mutt. I hope this didn’t generate an illicit image in your head.

It must be noticed that the coffee bean quite possibly should be considered to be at the very top of the bean pyramid. Einstein once noted that, “A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems”.

There are many forms of coffee, the European espresso, plain black coffee (my good-morning-kiss), $7+ latte, mochas, etc. There is also Kopi Luwak.

You might have seen Kopi Luwak on the Bucket List. When I first watched the movie, I didn’t believe that Kopi Luwak actually existed, but it does. Kopi Luwak is a variation of coffee made from coffee beans eaten by the Asian Palm Civet and other related civets, which then pass the bean through its digestive tracts. The beans are afterwords collected, or “farmed”, if you will.

Kopi Luwak Cat

A decadent Asian palm civet producing the Kopi Luwak coffee beans.

Apparently the bean becomes special, or delicious? I don’t know if this coffee is going to take your sweet-tooth on a magical ride to candy land, but the cost of a pound of Kopi Luwak coffee is in the hundreds. You can get a quarter pound for $80 online. Or 100 gram on Amazon for $22 from Sumatra, Indonesia(100gr / 3.5oz) — 30 gram freshly ground coffee are recommended for a 16-ounce cup, which means that 100 gram would yield you about 3 cups. Since this is a luxury item, and Starbucks charges up to $7 for a pimped-up mocha, it doesn’t seem quite as decadent anymore.