Bali – Luwak Coffee

The first time I heard of Luwak coffee was in Toronto ON.  We had gone to a posh deli in Yorkville.  A friend of ours showed us the $600 per pound coffee.  Apparently, the beans were fed to a cat and then extracted from the cat’s feces.  Now, why would anyone want to spend that much money on coffee?

Here was an opportunity.  Visiting a Spice Farm, they specialized in Luwak Coffee.  However, this cat they were talking about was no where near what I think a cat should be.  More like a racoon, if you ask me.

For $3 per cup, my husband and I were the only ones in the tour group that was willing to give it a try.  I was pumped to believe I was going to taste the best coffee in the world.  Unfortunately, I’ve had better.  It tasted like a plain dark roast coffee.

You start with the bean

You start with the bean

 

 

You roast them. The basket in the far right side contains the poop.

You roast them. The basket in the far right side contains the feces.

 

 

Luwak coffee. I'm not sure what the fuss is all about.

Luwak coffee. I’m not sure what the fuss is all about.

 

 

Like a wine tasting party, this is a coffee/tea tasting party.

Like a wine tasting party, this is a coffee/tea tasting party.

 

 

View from our picnic table tasting various coffees and teas.

View of a tropical forest from our picnic table where we tasted various coffees and teas.

 

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