$h!tty Coffee – Literally


12 Nov $h!tty Coffee – Literally

On our way to the crater lakes around Bedugul in Bali, we stopped off at a coffee farm for a tour. This particular plantation specializes in a type of java that’s not your average joe.

Kopi Luwauk – It kind of goes like this….

This little guy eats the coffee fruits, bean and all.

Asian Palm Civet


Coffee Berries

The droppings from our furry friend above are collected and dried.

Those aren’t candy bars in this jars… Yep you guessed it, poop! The white parts are the coffee beans. The beans are cleaned prior to roasting. I am not sure the means of cleaning, I am also not sure I want to know.

Fire Roasted Beans

Voila, you have the most expensive coffee in the world. Selling for over $150usd per Lb in Europe and North America. I had to give the $5 cup a try (and I thought Starbucks was expensive). The results of all this work is a very flavorful almost fruity coffee that has little bitterness. During the digestive process the beans altered and it yields a much less bitter cup. If you aren’t heading to Bali you can also find this delicacy in the Philippines, Vietnam, and other Indonesian islands.

Of course I had to try it, but it begs the question why/who thought to make coffee this way?? It was good coffee honestly, very interesting taste, but for $150/LB I think I’ll just stick with my dark roast.

  • RTWgirl.com
    Posted at 05:45h, 19 January Reply

    Weasel coffee!!!

  • Jonny Blair
    Posted at 10:01h, 09 March Reply

    I tried it too! In Munduk in Indonesia! Interesting but ultimately a nice cup of coffee!
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    • Adam
      Posted at 14:51h, 09 March Reply

      I liked my cup too, but you have to wonder who thought of making coffee out of beans they picked out of animal droppings?? Sometimes I really need my caffeine, but man, that you must have really been desperate!
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  • Natalia
    Posted at 19:36h, 15 April Reply

    I didn’t get a chance to try it when I was in Bali. I always wondered if you would taste a genuine difference from the poop coffee. Maybe another time.
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  • Freedom traveller
    Posted at 22:33h, 12 July Reply

    Luwak coffee used to be a natural process from free civets but with the demand they are now cruelly kept in small cages, visiting these places promotes cruelty to animals. Something to think about…..

  • Stuart Edwards
    Posted at 22:38h, 06 May Reply

    Aghh was it good?! I feel a bit bad for the Civit – Do they like coffee?! :)
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  • Mary Salim
    Posted at 09:11h, 06 January Reply

    Hi, I’m an Indonesian here and I just thought I’d let you know that it’s “kopi luwak” not “luwauk”. Our pronunciation makes it sound like “luwauk”, haha.

    Nice post, btw! And regarding how someone got the idea of making coffee out of poop, here’s the story. Back during the colonialization era in Indonesia, the labors wanted coffee so badly but were not allowed to have some. They saw the “luwak” eating coffee beans and pooping them out and combined with their despair for coffee comes “kopi luwak”.

    There you go, the story of “kopi luwak”
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