Kopi Luwak - An Expensive Roasted Poop

Kopi Luwak was made popular in the movie - "The Bucketlist" starring Jack Nicholson. To drink Kopi Luwak was one item on Jack's long list of things to do before he checks out. After the movie release, there was a surge of curiousity (particularly amongst rich people) on this exotic coffee, which too surged the demand and the market price for it. 
So what is Kopi Luwak?

Kopi Luwak is basically coffee beans, eaten, digested and excreted by civet cats (alamid). Coffee farmers collect the poop and sell it to coffee roasters who preps it for human consumption. There is so much blabber about Kopi Luwak in terms of the cost, the high demand and low supply, basic coffee false marketed for the hefty price tag, and most importantly how civet cats are treated in coffee farms. 

As a coffee lover, I must admit, I looked into Kopi Luwak and thought it should be on my bucketlist as well. There were several factors which held me back - cost, availability in the Philippines, and of course those poor cats. I never thought I would get the chance to have a taste of the exotic cat poop coffee in Indonesia. On my last day in Jakarta, my friends working there took me to one of the many malls in the city. The agenda was to buy souvenirs, but when we got tired of going around the mall, we ended up at a coffee shop. They asked me if I want to try Kopi Luwak. I was hesitant at first, because it was expensive, and I am at the end of my trip, so I only have a few cash left (and again, those poor cats).

I thought hard about passing on the experience, as I might not get another chance to try Kopi Luwak. It was a reputable coffee shop, so I was certain that their beans are authentic. The cats still in my mind, I told the barista to fix me my cup of Kopi Luwak. And this is how it was served to me, brewed and distilled right before my eyes. 


I was expecting a lot from the experience, and I thought, I could finally answer the question - 
What's the fuzz with the cat poop?

The barista took away the distilling set, and I was left with two cups worth of the most expensive coffee I will ever taste. It is said, that the best way to drink Kopi Luwak is with a clean palate immediately after brewing. I poured the golden liquid and filled my cup. The aroma was simply delightful. I could smell it all day and not drink it and it would be enough. Just kidding. 

The first sip was crucial, If it taste as good as the fuzz about it, it would set the standard for which I would appreciate good coffee. I took a moment to smell it some more, told myself not to expect too much. Finally, that first mouthful sip and the caffeine junkie in me rejoiced. It tasted bold and smooth, with a subtle nutty flavor. I was not disappointed, but still it is not something for everyday consumption. I consumed every drop of my exotic coffee and smiled to myself. I just had one item on my bucketlist ticked off.

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