Friday, December 28, 2012

World's Most Expensive Coffee - Kopi Luwak Coffee

Even whilst animal rights groups protest, the popularity of Kopi Luwak Coffee amongst coffee lovers has continued to soar. Kopi Luwak Coffee is a rare type of luxury coffee, which is made from coffee berries excreted by Asian palm civet cats. It originated in Indonesia, and has become very popular in the USA and Europe because of its rich taste.

Packet of Terra Nera Kopi Luwak Coffee

Workers at Kopi Luwak coffee production units feed coffee berries to Asian civet cats, which are naturally fermented through the animal’s digestive system, before they are excreted, collected and sold. This fermentation gives a unique taste to coffee made from these berries, which is loved by connoisseurs of luxury coffee brands.

Animal rights activists and welfare groups have raised strong objections against this method of producing coffee. Their main objection is that Asian palm civet cats at Kopi Luwak farms are being forcibly-fed coffee berries instead of their regular diet, which is not healthy for them.

Terra Nera Kopi Luwak Coffee

Terra Nera is one of the leading brands of Kopi Luwak coffee. It is made in Quechua in the south-eastern region of the Peruvian Andes mountains. Just like the Kopi Luwak coffee in Indonesia, coffee berries are passed through the digestive system of the Asian civet cat, before they are collected and processed.

Kopi Luwak Coffee Packet With Spoon

During the digestive process, the caffeine in the coffee berries is removed by the enzymes in the intestines of the Asian Civet Cat. When the cat shits, the dung is collected, and the coffee beans are extracted from the dung. After processing, the result is fragrant coffee beans with a wonderful mellow taste.

Terra Nera Kopi Luwak coffee is available in six grades, with prices ranging from $225 to $10,910. It can be pre-ordered at Harrod’s in the UK, and if you buy Grade 0 coffee (the world’s most expensive coffee), you will get a 24-carat gold-plated sack engraved with your name.

Do you drink coffee? What do you think of Kopi Luwak coffee?

From: Coffee Break

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