Bali Kopi Luwak Coffee

fresh cup of kopi luwak

Bali Kopi Luwak Coffee

When in Indonesia, and Bali in specific it’s a must to try Kopi Luwak coffee at least once. You can get Starbucks when back at home but if you want a cup of Kopi Luwak coffee outside of Indonesia it will cost you.

What Is Kopi Luwak?kopi luwak coffee civet animal

Kopi is the Indonesian word for coffee, and Luwak is a the local name of the Asian palm civet in Sumatra. Kopi luwak is the coffee that has been digested by an Asian palm civet. The civet eats the coffee cherries, the cherries go through the digestive track and fermentation occurs, and then they pass through the intestines and eventually pooped out. The coffee cherries are then picked out from poop aka poop coffee.

Where Does Kopi Luwak Coffee Originate?kopi luwak coffee growing on tree

Kopi luwak came about in the 18th century in the Dutch East Indie islands of Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. Now-a-days Kopi Luwak is mainly produced on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali and Sulawesi. The Philippines, East Timor and Vietnam are also making similar versions of poop coffee.

Where Can You Get Kopi Luwak Coffee?fresh kopi luwak coffee beans

The best way to purchase authentic kopi luwak coffee is to go to Indonesia and make a vacation out of it. Learn about the kopi luwak process, sample a cup of poop coffee, and then buy some kopi luwak to bring home with you. If you can’t swing an Indonesian vacation there are many websites selling the coffee or some speciality coffee shops may carry Kopi Luwak from Bali or other regions.

How Much Does Kopi Luwak AKA Poop Coffee Cost?kopi luwak coffee producer on Bali

Kopi luwak is one of the most expensive coffees in the world with a retail price as high as $700 per kilo/$300+ per pound. However, farmed Kopi luwak coffee (low grade) can be purchased in Indonesia at large grocery stores for about $100 kilo. Genuine kopi luwak from actual wild civets is insanely hard to purchase and hard to prove if the poop coffee is real or fake. There are kopi luwak roasters in Bali that sell the coffee buy the cup so you can sample it, and decide for yourself if you like animal poop coffee. A cup sells for over $5 a cup in Indonesia.

What Does Poop Coffee / Kopi Luwak Taste Like?kopi luwak coffee fresh cup poop coffee

The thought of an animal eating the coffee cherry, pooping it out, cleaning the coffee bean, and roasting it may sound a bit strange. What on earth could it taste like? The result of all this work is a very flavorful almost fruity coffee that has very little bitterness. During the digestive process the beans altered and it yields a much less bitter cup.


Have you been to Indonesia and tried kopi luwak coffee?

9 Comments
  • 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!

    • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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?! 🙂

  • 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”

  • Kristina and Charlie
    Posted at 09:13h, 19 April Reply

    In Hanoi we saw Weasel poop coffee everywhere, but I didn’t dear to tried it… Now after reading your post I think I probably should have tired 🙂 this is taking coffee to the whole new level 🙂

  • Saiful Islam Opu
    Posted at 00:24h, 20 April Reply

    This is a crazy stuff! Coffee lover would taste it for its charming process 🙂 ha ha ha And have you ever try 7 layers tea in BD? This is another crazy stuff!

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