Kopi Luwak Coffee is the rarest and most expensive coffee globally with an incredibly limited supply being grown each year. This coffee was made famous by the 2007 movie, The Bucket List. Kopi Luwak Coffee is distinguishable with its signature flavor and mesmerizing aromas. Long after the coffee is gone, the clean, lingering aftertaste consistently remains as a part of the consumption experience. Complex in flavor and a perfect combination of all the pleasurable flavors available in other coffees. Kopi Luwak Coffee is earthy, musty, aromatic, syrupy, sweet, and heavy-bodied. It is also low in acidity and possesses an exotic flavor profile like no other. Our Kopi Luwak Coffee is sold in a large size 16-ounce bag inside of a decorative gift box.
Unlike other Volcanica Coffees, there are no refunds or exchanges available on this coffee due to the rarity and high price of Kopi Luwak Coffee.
Flavor Notes: Sandalwood, Apricot, Dark Chocolate, Plum Blossom, Musk, and Chanterelle-like Mushroom
Processing: Washed Process
Roast: Medium Roast
Kopi Luwak Coffee began showing up in North America during the 1990s at the gourmet coffee craze height. It has been sold in the U.S. for up to $600 per pound and can fetch as much as $50 for a single brewed cup in fine restaurants worldwide. Consumers are paying for the experience of enjoying such an unusual and rare delicacy, as well as a spectacular cup of coffee. Kopi Luwak Coffee is most notably famous for the 2007 movie, The Bucket List, where it is actor Jack Nicholson's beverage of choice. He carries a supply with him wherever he goes, and so it has become known as The Bucket List Coffee. The Oprah Winfrey Show has featured this coffee as well. Additionally, there are many documentaries shown on television regarding this mysterious product as it is known as the most expensive coffee in the world. Minimal supplies are produced each year, enhancing its status as the rarest and most expensive coffee available today.
Kopi Luwak Coffee has a very unusual origin and is mostly known for its unique methods of production that explain its rarity and specialty. The Luwak Denizen (a member of the cat family, also known as the Asian Palm Civet) natively found on the coffee plantations of Sumatra, Sulawesi, and Java in Indonesia is a critical contributor to the production process of this highly coveted crop. Physically, this animal has raccoon-like markings on its face, possesses a long, stocky body, and is often found in trees as they are excellent climbers. These cats consume the ripest, reddest coffee cherries as this has long been one of their favorite foods. During ingestion, the consumed beans are uniquely fermented by the enzymes present in the stomach of the civet. As the beans remain in the civet's digestive tract for one to one and a half days, they begin to germinate. The germination process, referred to as malting, is why it is often said that the civet produces “malt coffee”. As a result of the digestion, the bitterness of the beans is significantly reduced and a distinctly exotic flavor is added to the crop. Unable to digest the coffee beans, the Luwak deposits them on the jungle floor, where the locals eagerly collect the bean-like excretions that are covered in cherry mucilage.
The Kopi Luwak Coffee beans are then individually separated, washed, dried, and stored in a dark, dry location before being sold for processing and roasting. This unique process has made this coffee so famous that it has also become known as civet coffee, weasel coffee, and even cat poop coffee. For many locals, the cats are often regarded as pests, and their excretions are normally passed off as nothing but waste, but for those in the coffee industry, the palm civets are highly valued and their waste is converted into the prized Kopi Luwak Coffee as we know of today. “The secret of this delicious blend," enthuses the Indonesia Tourism Promotion Board, "lies in the bean selection, which is performed by a Luwak, a species of civet cat endemic to Java. The civets will eat only the choicest, most perfectly matured beans, which it then excretes, partially digested, a few hours later. Plantation workers then retrieve the Kopi Luwak Coffee beans from the ground, ready for immediate roasting.
Volcanica Coffee’s Kopi Luwak Coffee beans are wild gathered from civets that are not caged, thus the title of Free Range Kopi Luwak. The company works closely with Indonesian exporters who bring Kopi Luwak to the U.S. and support organizational efforts and people against unacceptable civet abuse in the harvesting of coffee. Wild civets make a higher quality coffee since they decide which coffee cherries to eat and they usually prefer the ripest. Because of this, it is in Volcanica Coffee’s best interest to support Kopi Luwak coffee from civets that are not caged. Upholding this standard is one of the main reasons Volcanica Coffee’s Kopi Luwak Coffee is priced higher than others. Volcanica Coffee not only focuses its efforts on keeping the civets in the wild but also goes beyond the Fair Trade Rainforest Alliance efforts by paying a premium price.