Have you ever heard of Kopi Luwak? It has been labeled THE most expensive coffee in the world and hails from Indonesia. Luwak is what the local Indonesian natives call the civet-like cat which helps 'produce' this coffee. What makes this coffee so expensive and special? Kopi Luwak is essentially ground coffee made from coffee berries which are eaten by the Luwak and then passed through their digestion system with the outer layer of the coffee berry digested while the coffee bean remains intact. The effects of the chemicals and fermentation from the civet cat's digestive system on the coffee bean is what makes the bean special! The beans are collected, cleaned and then lightly roasted before being packaged into little expensive sachets or coffee bags.
There are many different manufacturers of Kopi Luwak in Indonesia. My husband and I were very lucky to have been given a taste of Kopi Luwak from our lovely friends in Semarang, Indonesia. Here are some photos of the coffee packaging...
The colour of the coffee powder is a deep dark brown. When you first open the sachet, you can already smell the deep aroma of the coffee along with a tinge of chocolate and also caramel. I read this on the manufacturer's website but didn't think I would be able to catch the chocolate and caramel smell. I first tried the coffee black with no sugar but it proved too bitter for my taste. That is also when you can taste the fine granules of the coffee as it does not completely dissolve in the hot water. I then added sugar and lots of milk to it because I can't really take strong coffee. Caffeine tends to make my heart do stupid things like palpitate. All in all, good aromatic coffee!
Oh, did I mention that each of the sachet above has an individual serial number? No kidding. If you get a chance to taste this coffee, don't pass it up. No matter how gross the process makes you feel, it's the most revered coffee in the world, so give it a go once in your life!