Minggu, 10 Oktober 2010

Have You Ever Tried Kopi Luwak?


Kopi Luwak, AKA Civet Coffee one of the rarest and most expensive coffees in the world. It’s made from coffee cherries that were eaten and passed through the digestive tract of the Civet, a cat like animal. The civets eat the cherries, but the beans pass through their system undigested. The cherries are then collected, cleaned and roasted.

If you have tried it, what did you think of it?

Before I won a bag of Rocket Fuel Coffee Kopi Luwak earlier this year from Coffee Cup News, I never thought that I would drink it. I’ll admit that it does sound a little disgusting. However, the cleaning and roasting process purifies it and by the time it makes it to the coffee cup, it’s perfectly safe to drink. Call me weird, but I thought it was a delicious too. Read my review of Kopi Luwak.

Last week’s question was “Pick Your Roast?”

All week long Medium Roast had a dominating lead, but literally over night, Dark Roast came from behind to tie it. Each choice received 38% of the vote.

Light Roast finished last with 24% of the vote.

I was surprised that medium roast had such a lead the whole time. Many of you guys, the readers of Daily Shot Of Coffee mention your fondness of dark roasts in the comments, on Facebook and Twitter often. It looks like all the dark roast fans just waited until the last night to vote.

Rabu, 06 Oktober 2010

Perfect Kopi Luwak bean

Beautiful kopi luwak beans
Perfect Kopi Luwak beans

Philippines kopi luwak coffee Alamid
The shy civet selecting his dinner

As seen in the New York Times! Read the article here (opens a new window).

The rare and exotic Kopi Luwak (often translated as civet coffee) is renowned all around the world for its incredibly delicious, subtle, lingering flavor and exceptional smoothness.

Kopi Luwak, or Civet Coffee, is "processed" by the Indonesian Civet, who populates the coffee-growing areas and comes out nightly to feast on only the ripest of the coffee cherries. The beans do not digest and are collected daily by farmers, who thoroughly sanitize the beans, and then dry them in the sun. Then the beans are roasted and vacuum packed for shipping.

Genuine Kopi Luwak coffee beans release hidden flavor compounds from the beans that are never accessed by regular roasting and brewing. These wonderful, locked-away flavors are released because of the natural enzymes of the civet.

Although the coffee is expensive per pound, a cup of home-brewed civet coffee actually costs less than an average cup of brewed coffee bought at a café like Starbucks. Our direct personal relationship with the producers allow us to offer one of the world's greatest culinary treasures at an exceptional value! We are the only website in the world, that we can verify, selling multiple bean species of Kopi Luwak from several different producers.

As with all our products, we stand behind our Kopi Luwak and absolutely guarantee its quality and authenticity. We have been dealing in Southeast Asian coffee for years and we take great pride in our spotless reputation. Our Kopi Luwak is guaranteed 100% genuine and delicious civet coffee. We ship all civet coffee with suggested brewing instructions and information about the source.

Brewing Civet Coffee: Kopi Luwak can be prepared in any regular coffee machine, or in a Vietnamese-style Phin filter, which brews a single cup of intense coffee at a time (more about Phins here). We include guidelines on using your home coffeemaker to brew delicious Kopi Luwak, as well as a free Phin filter with instructions, so you can try that method, too. In essence, civet coffee can be brewed like an ordinary coffee - but the

Minggu, 16 Mei 2010

Coffee Luwak

An epicure coffee processed by the Asian Palm Civet, Paradoxurus hermaphroditus

Coffee Luwak is considered one of the finest coffees available. The majority of commercial Indonesian Kopi Luwak (civet
coffee) is from Java and Sumatra or Sulawesi, and made from Robusta beans; Tastes of Indonesia sources its Kopi Luwak
exclusively from the high quality Arabica plantations and is therefore considered to be of superior quality to other varieties.

Bali Orchid Garden is the sole supplier of Tastes of Indonesia Kopi Luwak.

Beans can be purchased in small or wholesale quantities at competitive prices. Ground Tastes of Indonesia Kopi Luwak
is sold at the gardens and selected outlets in sealed 10gm and 50gm gift packs. Larger packaging is available to order from
Bali Gardens and through info@baliorchidgarden.biz.
Read about Kopi Luwak in
What is Coffee Luwak, why is it so special and how is it made?

The Asian Palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) is responsible for the effects of this unique coffee.
Related to the cat but belonging to the viverridae family, the same as the mongoose, it has a weasel-like face, cat-like body
and long tail with fur which may be either gray or brown with various darker markings.

The Asian Palm civet of Indonesia is a musky grey-toned colour with darker stripes.

Beneath the tail of both sexes is a gland from which a fatty secretion is emitted to mark its
territory. This substance is collected to be used as a perfume fixative, main supplies coming
from the Indian civet (v. zibetha).

The omnivorous, tree-climbing civet cat prowls the coffee plantations at night picking and
consuming the finest and best ripe coffee cherries. These pass through the civet and are
collected in the droppings. Beans emerge without their fleshy coating, but entire and appear
undigested. They are extracted by washing and carefully cleansed before being processed.

It had long been considered as a legend that the civet (Luwak) consumed the best coffee beans which then passed through
their gut undigested, even entire with their cherry-like coating, the beans being washed and processed in the normal fashion
to make this highly selected top grade coffee. Some thought that the actual situation was that the best beans were selected
according to the type civets would eat, and these processed without having actually been eaten by the civet cats.

Recently a researcher, Marcone, working with the African civet (Civettictis civetta) and later with the Indonesian civets, has
suggested the beans are slightly digested during their passage, to the extent that an enzyme process has broken down
some of the proteins allowing them to leach out, resulting in a less bitter coffee. Speculation is that a lactic acid
fermentation may be a factor, however any attempts at trying to mimic the process have so far failed.

German article on Kopi Luwak


Tastes of Indonesia

Try this unique coffee from
the jungles of Bali Indonesia,
exclusive to

Bali Orchid Garden

Purchase from

Coffee Luwak is a rich,
smooth coffee with an
earthy, syrupy texture & a
hint of chocolate
In areas of Java and Bali where civet cats roam, the Kopi Luwak is made in villages from these Arabica coffee beans.
The raw and cleaned beans are placed in a large stone mortar (lesung), pounded with a large wooden pole to loosen beans
from their covering shells and then winnowed by hand in a flat basket like tray to separate the beans. Beans are then
carefully hand-picked to remove any that are damaged, roasted in special local ovens and ground as required.

Tastes of Indonesia Kopi Luwak is produced according to village methods from the best hand-selected whole Arabica beans.
Our staff demonstrate the method of processing:
Pounding the clean
beans to loosen shells
Winnowing to separate
shells form beans
Roasting the beans
The raw product
Bali Orchid Garden has local Indonesian suppliers and guarantees the
purest, genuine Kopi Luwak available. Made from the finest arabica beans
from the coffee plantations of Indonesia, Taste of Indonesia Kopi Luwak has
a smooth unique flavour of true epicure coffee.

Packets of beans and ground coffee can be purchased for a fraction of the
overseas price.
In USA prices can reach $1000/kg

Enquiries for retail and wholesale supplies welcome.

We invite you to visit our gardens to see and taste our product first hand.
Processed coffee beans
How to make the perfect cup of coffee from your beans.- Balinese style.
Use finely ground beans. Place 1/2 teaspoon (2gm) coffee in a cup, pour over boiling water, stir and allow to settle
before drinking.
Store coffee in an airtight container in the fridge.

LOOK how our ITALIAN outlet CAFFE DEL DOGE make coffee