THE ORIGIN OF THE TERM KOPI LUWAK COFFEE…

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Kopi Luwak is known as the name of a special type of coffee, a beverage that is classified as the rarest in the world.

The most striking feature of this problem is that this coffee is almost exclusively found in Indonesia, on the islands of Sumatra, Java, and Sulawesi. The term Kopi Luwak is used to refer to a seed produced by the spotted palm civet. On the other hand, we can observe that the name Kopi Luwak is derived from the Indonesian word Kopi which means coffee. And Luwak is the name of a region on the Java island, and also the name of a civet there.

The spotted palm civet (Paradoxurus Hermaphroditus) belongs to the civet family (Viverridae) which is scattered in the Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, and southern China. Their favorite food is berries. However, the coffee pulp is only digested, while coffee beans are scrapped.

In fact, this civet climbs coffee trees and they only eat the reddest ripe coffee. Besides, it is believed that under the fermentation effect of enzymes in the stomach, the taste of coffee will change a lot: it seems to appears to be rich, but slightly moldy flavor; as the British actor John Cleese described it, “it has a pungent taste of the earth, it feels as if it is moldy, soothing, like syrup, as rich as the sound of the jungle and chocolate.

The coffee bean also has a hard protective layer, so if it is affected by enzymes, the effect is trivial.

Civets are also becoming rarer as their meat is considered a specialty. So, the coffee beans produced cost significantly. We can find it at a high price. Fresh beans are priced at 110 USD, and roasted coffee is 175 USD for 1/4 pound. A cup of coffee in this type will cost you about 50 USD.

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