Bali Kopi Luwak Coffee | Indonesian Coffee

When traveling to 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. We tied in visiting a coffee plantation with a sunrise hike up to Mount Batur on a $40 tour, click here for more tour details.

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Bali Kopi Luwak Coffee

What Is Kopi Luwak?

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Kopi is the Indonesian word for coffee and Luwak is 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. Nowadays it’s 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. It’s one of the tastiest things to do in Bali. Learn about the coffee’s process, sample a cup of poop coffee, and then buy some fresh Indonesian coffee to bring home with you. If you can’t swing an Indonesian vacation there are many websites selling the coffee or some specialty 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.

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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?

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16 thoughts on “Bali Kopi Luwak Coffee | Indonesian Coffee

  1. I just returned from Bali and was taken to a plantation without realising that it was luwack coffee, I felt so bad for the poor luwacks kept in these tiny cages and forced to eat just coffee 🙁

  2. 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!

  3. 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”

  4. 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…..

  5. 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.

    • 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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