THAT TIME I DRANK POOP IN INDONESIA
I've been around the world a few times, and I've put a lot of bizarre things in my mouth (keep your minds out of the gutter you filthy animals). Hands down, Kopi Luwak is probably the most disturbing thing I've consumed abroad.
"What exactly is Kopi Luwak?" you ask.
The Secret Sauce
Kopi Luwak (or Civet Coffee) comes from the islands of Sumatra, Java, and Sulawesi. It’s known as one of the rarest coffees on the global market, and it’s also one of the most expensive. In fact, the taste is coveted worldwide to the point that consumers are willing to pay as much as $200 per pound for this foreign brew.
The big question: what makes this java irresistibly delicious?
The answer: poop.
Yes, you read correctly. A big ole lump of turds is the key ingredient! The coffee beans are found in the droppings of the Indonesian civet cat. During the digestion process, the civet cat emits enzymes. It’s believed the digestive oversight and gastric juices are responsible for the unique flavor and aroma.
How it's made
If you’re not grossed out yet, let’s discuss how the droppings go from beans to brew.
- The Indonesian civet cat feeds on the ripest coffee cherries found on coffee plantations.
- Because the animal cannot digest the seed of the fruit, they deposit the coffee beans. It takes about 24 hours to fully digest in their stomachs before they are excreted.
- The beans are collected from the animal’s feces and processed into coffee. Hence the nickname, cat poop coffee.
- The coffee beans are washed, dried with warm air, pounded, and sorted.
- The coffee beans are placed in a pan and roasted over a fire.
- Once roasting is completed, beans are grounded up coarsely. It’s then sifted out for impurities and grounded again.
- The final product is packaged and ready for consumption.
Best places to purchase coffee:
Due to recent popularity, a large percentage of retailers are selling fake Kopi Luwak or engaging in inhumane practices to generate the coffee. It has become a challenge to find trustworthy producers of the premium java.
If you’re interested in sampling the Indonesian brew, please do your research. Look for traders who sell products made from wild or free-ranged civets. To add, make sure coffee is UTZ certified. This label recognizes products that have been sourced in a sustainable manner and allows retailers and consumers to easily identify pure, wild-sourced, animal friendly goods.
Click here for more information about the certified Kopi Luwak products.
Like I said earlier, I sampled Kopi Luwak while visiting Indonesia. I don't even care for coffee, and I can honestly say it was surprisingly delicious! Who knew poop could taste so good!