If you are a coffee lover, then it’s obvious that you would like to taste the best coffee of the world. Savouring your taste buds with one of the world’s best coffees can turn out to be pretty expensive. The most expensive coffee doesn’t hail from Brazil or Hawaii, but from Indonesia. Kopi Luwak is the world’s most expensive coffee. It has become a widely popular coffee all over the world.
It is also known as the ‘Civet Coffee’, as the coffee beans are eaten, digested and excreted by the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus), which is then hand-picked by the locals, and finally roasted. The civet eats the raw red coffee cherry and then digests the outer soft part of it while excreting the inner beans. These beans are processed and packed, which is finally produced as the most exotic and expensive coffee. The internal digestion adds a different flavour to the beans, thus, removing their bitterness. ‘Kopi’ is the Indonesian name of coffee while ‘Luwak’ is the name of the Asian Palm Civet in Sumatra. Kopi Luwak is considered as ‘the smoothest coffee that is known to mankind’.
It is widely produced on the islands of Sumatra, Bali, Java, and Sulawesi across Indonesia. It is also gathered and processed extensively on the islands of the Philippines.
Well, to talk about the price, ‘Kopi Luwak’ can cost you between $100 and $600 a pound, and $50 per cup. The specialty Vietnamese weasel coffee, which is produced by collecting the beans excreted from the civets, is sold at a price of $3000 per kilogram. It is mostly sold among the Asian crowd, especially South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. The price paid for collecting the beans is around $20 for a kilogram. Relishing the taste of the most expensive coffee of the world is not a piece of cake, and you need an appointment from the firm where it is produced to have it. Some coffee shops sell the brewed Kopi Luwak between the prices of $35 and $80. While, some coffee shops in Jakarta sell Kopi Luwak at $6-$10.
It’s not just the price of labor it takes to produce this beverage, but also the taste and aroma it possesses.
If you also crave for this coffee, you have to loosen your pockets. So, are you ready to sip the steaming cup of Kopi Luwak?