If you travel to Bali, it is an absolute must that you try Kopi Luwak coffee just once, even if you don’t really like coffee all that much. Sure, you can go to a little coffee shop or to the local Starbucks, but there is something extremely special about trying Luwak Coffee from Bali – something the rest of the world has heard about and maybe even tried, but few have experienced it in Bali where it is made.
What is Kopi Luwak Coffee from Bali?
Kopi is simply the Indonesian word for coffee – it is something you will probably want to learn before you go traveling. Luwak is the local name of the Asian palm civet in Sumatra. Kopi Luwak is what we call coffee that has been digested by an Asian palm civet. Yes, you read that right – digested by them.
The civet, a type of monkey, eats coffee cherries and the cherries travel through the digestive track. While waiting, these cherries ferment and then pass through the intestines and are released like all other food is released – as a bowel movement. The coffee cherries are then picked from the droppings and collected to make coffee.
Who Came Up With the Idea For Kopi Luwak Coffee?
Kopi Luwak came into existence in the 18th century. It is sourced back to the Dutch East Indie islands of Sumatra and Java, both in Indonesia. It eventually travelled outwards from there, mainly getting produced on the Indonesian islands of Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi, and of course, Bali. You can also get it in the Philippines, East Timor, and Vietnam, though these tend to be different kinds of “poop coffee.”
Is Kopi Luwak from Bali Safe?
One might think that drinking Kopi Luwak isn’t safe, but it is completely safe. Of course, you want to ensure that you are getting your coffee from a reputable source and that it has been prepared using best practices. There is a chance that you will find Kopi Luwak that hasn’t been prepared properly, but if you go to highly rated coffee shops or suggested tours, you should be fine.
Where Can I Purchase Kopi Luwak Coffee from Bali?
Of course, the best way to purchase Kopi Luwak Coffee is to go to Bali, Indonesia and the source to get the coffee. You will get the freshest possible coffee and know that it has actually been sourced from where it should be sourced – there are imitators out there.
Even better, you are able to learn about the process of making Kopi Luwak coffee, which is something that you might want to do before partaking in a cup. You can purchase a sample cup of the coffee as well. If you like it, you can purchase some to take home with you, and it will always be a great story and souvenir for friends. Most people will laugh at the story but will be surprised at the great taste!
If you find some Kopi Luwak that you like but don’t want to travel home with it, most coffee shops and tours that have it also have online stores where you can purchase it.
How Much Does Kopi Luwak Coffee from Bali Cost?
Kopi Luwak has been called one of the most expensive coffees in the entire world, and it really is. While it doesn’t have gold flecks in it, the making of this coffee is extremely labor intensive, so you do have to pay for the work. Some of the highest quality Kopi Luwak costs somewhere around $750 per kilo or over $300 per pound. This is why it is suggested that you sample the coffee before you make a purchase.
There is another option. You can purchase lower quality Kopi Luwak Coffee at an Indonesian or Bali grocery store. This will typically run about $100 per kilo, which is still quite expensive but not nearly as expensive as the higher quality stuff.
Note that genuine Kopi Luwak coffee that comes from actual wild civets is actually very hard to find, produce, and verify. It is extremely difficult to prove whether or not the poop coffee is authentic. The best thing to do is to drink a sample cup of coffee and decide for yourself whether or not you like it. Most people will decide that it is very good, but that it might not be worth the price tag or the risk that the coffee isn’t authentic. At a little over $6 per cup, the coffee isn’t too expensive and you will still get the story behind it.
So, what Does Kopi Luwak Coffee Taste Like? Does It Taste Like Poop?
Of course, Kopi Luwak Coffee does not actually taste like a bowel movement. If it did, do you really think that people will be drinking it? You have to think about the lifecycle of this bean – the animal eats it, it ferments in the belly, and then it comes out the other side. The bean is then cleaned (and cleaned extremely well) and then it is roasted. The heat removes almost all of the toxins and almost turns the flavor of the coffee bean.
Instead, Kopi Luwak coffee has an almost fruit taste that isn’t bitter like much of the other coffee sourced from this region. If you aren’t a fan of bitter coffee, you may find that you really enjoy this particular type of coffee. It isn’t suggested that you add anything to it, like cream or sugar, because it will take away the unique taste of the coffee.
Would you try Kopi Luwak or poop coffee? It is always a great story to tell!