Friday, February 26, 2010

Bali - Day 2 (Part 2) - Kopi Luwak, Ubud

Kopi luwak  or civet coffee is coffee made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) and other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract. 

A civet eats the berries for their fleshy pulp. In its stomach, proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet's intestines the beans are then defecated, having kept their shape. After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness, widely noted as the most expensive coffee in the world.
Kopi Luwak or Civet Coffee is coffee made from coffee cherries which have been eaten by and passed through the digestive track of the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxorus Hermaphroditus).

After collected, the beans are processed hygienically, and given ony a medium roast so as to not destroy the complex flavors that develop trough the proccess.

Some people try to breed the civet and given a coffee cherries to eat, they won’t succeed. Our Kopi Luwak is origin from wild civet which live mutualism with coffee farmers. Civets use their nature insting to eat the best taste of coffee cherries in the coffee plantation.

Just found a great place to try the civet cat coffee known locally as Kopi Luwak. The place is a small spice, coffee and cocoa farm called Sailand, and is about half way back to Ubud from Kintamani. The civet cats apparently eat only the sweetest wild coffee berries and their stomach enzymes help to break down the bitterness of the coffee bean. Farmers collect the digested beans from the cat dung and sell it to Sailand.
 Kopi Luwak, anyone?



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