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The Luwak

In Civet Coffee Articel on June 11, 2011 at 11:27 pm

The Luwak or Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus Hermaphroditus), is a cat-sized mammal in the family Viverridae native to South-east Asia and southern China who is the responsible of the fame of the Kopi Luwak or Luwak CoffeeLuwak is the Indonesian name given to the Asian Palm Civet. The major population of this animal habits the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago.

The Asian Palm Civet or Luwak averages 3.2 kg (7 lb), has a body length of 53 cm (21 in) and a tail length of 48 cm (19 in). Its long, stocky body is covered with coarse, shaggy hair that is usually grayish in color, with black on its feet, ears and muzzle. Luwak has three rows of black markings on its body. The Luwak is solitary, nocturnal and arboreal. The activity period, from 18:00 to 04:00, is influenced by daylight. Palm Civets become active only after dark and retreat to rest sites just before dawn. They spend the day asleep in a tree hollow. They are territorial. Young Luwaks are born in tree hollows or in boulder crevices. It was pursued by humans, who killed them for damaging orchards and plantations but now, due to the extra incoming the farmers have for selling the Luwak’s feces, it looks like they are the king of the plantations.

Feeding and diet

The Luwak or Asian Palm Civet is a nocturnal omnivore. Its primary food source is pulpy fruits such as coffee berries, mango, and rambutan. Luwak is said to pick its fruit carefully, apparently leaving the less ripe fruit for a later date. It will also eat small mammals and insects. It also has a fondness for palm flower sap which, when fermented, becomes toddy, a sweet liquor  but Luwaks love coffee cherries and in coffee harvesting times they are the only thing they eat. It inhabits forests, parks and suburban gardens with mature fruit trees, fig trees and undisturbed vegetation. Its sharp claws allow it to climb trees and house gutters.

In the process to obtain Kopi Luwak or Luwak Coffee, there are two participating parts: the animal and the human.
As it was mentioned in What is Kopi Luwak? the civet selects the ripest berries of the coffee plants and eats the whole fruit. As the civet cannot digest the seed of the fruit (actually, it is the coffee bean), it expels them among its feces. This is the animal process.

Local farmers collect the feces and here is when the human process starts to obtain the final gourmet coffee. Below, there is a description of the whole process to obtain the Real Kopi Luwak for Civet Coffee Australia and it is totally handmade.

Cleaning:

We collect the Luwak feces, remove the husk, crumble and separate the layers, which cover the green beans.

Selection:

In this step, we separate the Kopi Luwak beans one by one and set aside the bad ones, the too small beans and the rare objects such as little stones. In this way we get the premium Kopi Luwak green beans ready to be roasted.

Washing:

The Civet green beans are washed and are immediately dried with warm air so that when they are stored, they do not ferment with the humidity. After this step, the Kopi Luwak beans are stored in a dark dry place until the roasting process take place.

Roasting:

One of the most critical steps in normal coffee and Kopi Luwak coffee production is the roasting process. Our Kopi Luwak is roasted at the Sidikalang Arabic Plantation in Northern Sumatra. This roasting process has been used for generations and is completely done by hand; giving our Kopi Luwak it’s distinctive  aroma and flavor.

Packaging:

Generally, Kopi Luwak coffee and other single origin gourmet coffees are packed in whole beans because they keep the flavor and the aroma longer.

The Kopi Luwak coffee comes in special bags, which have a one way degassing valve to allow the liberation of gases caused after the roasting process and does not permit the entering of air. The oxygen along with light and humidity are the main “enemies” of coffee.

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Civet coffee: the most expensive and weirdest from Indonesia.

In Civet Coffee Articel on June 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Coffee! This high-caffeinated drinks ecstasy ranked 2 worlds, one level below the water in terms of consumption. No fewer than 2 million people every day drinker, coffee became the third largest primary commodity below, oil and gas. Because of its popularity, it’s no surprise that there are tens, even hundreds of new varieties that are found intentionally or not appear. Starting from the known to the Arabica coffee, Yamen Mocha, Java, Oxaca, etc.. All these seed varieties, race – the race to supply the coffee, meet the high demand from various countries around the world.Brazil, known as the largest coffee producing country in the world. The country is supplying 2 / 3 or approximately 67.77% in terms of exporting coffee. Next is the country of Kenya. Country located in eastern Africa relies on coffee as its main commodity. While Indonesia itself according to FAO statistics rank 3, as a supplier of world coffee. Incidentally, there are 3 types of superior varieties of this country is very famous and popular by the kafeinisme world, the nickname given to people – the fans of coffee drinks. Into 3 types of coffee are known as the Sumatra coffee (Mandheling Lintong), Sulawesi, and Civet. Sumatra coffee is of superior varieties from Indonesia. At planting in the highlands, making it a sharp aroma, strong, and slightly acidic. This type of Sumatra coffee is the principal ingredient in the manufacture or Doppio Espresso (double espresso), which has a strong aroma of black, pain kantuk.Sedangkan for fans of Star Bucks. World famous coffee shops, which have no less 100 outlets spread across every country, certainly not alien to the taste of coffee Sulawesi. Yup ..! Sulawesi coffee, which is better known abroad as the Village Coffee is used by Star Buck as a raw material mix their kinds of drinks. Starting from the latte macchiato, Viennese roast, Hazelnut chereme, dll.Saking strong demand from Japan, Star Buck even willing to spend them for the sake of this patent the Sulawesi coffee. While the latter is Kopi Luwak. Some of us may still feel alienated by the name of this coffee, some may only know as the label coffee sold in supermarkets. Actually, such as whether this coffee? Perhaps, Luwak Coffee is the most peculiar types of coffee in Indonesia, or even in the world.Why? Because the process of picking Luwak coffee beans are very different from coffee – coffee is generally harvested prior lain.Kopi then the seeds are picked when ripe. Meanwhile, the process of picking Luwak coffee, arguably is a bit disgusting. Where when coffee beans are ripe, the farmers took off Civet (a type of civet or civet) to eat the seeds – seeds that fell. After that they waited for the Luwang is throw dirt. Nah! coffee beans that come out simultaneously with that Civet droppings are taken for further processing. Many people who doubt how this case of fermentation. However, researchers at the Canadian research proves, that the protein content in the stomach Luwak, a coffee beans ferment and mature more perfect. Thus, the resulting feeling much better and solid than coffee – coffee the other. Once there was a researcher from the UK dating far – far corners of Java trace only to prove the truth of myth Luwak coffee. However, up to one month duration of his tour of Java, no one who can show the existence of these Luwak coffee. So he says that myth Luwak coffee is just a lie “it’s a big Scam.” However, as the saying goes. Dogs barking khafilah passed, Civet Coffee has entered into the list of most enjoyable coffee and most wanted. The price in the world market soared.635 U.S. dollars must be spent to get 1 kg of civet coffee. In America alone, for Luwak coffee tasting, we had to spend $ 50 U.S. dollars, if the exchange rate to dollars, prices range from approximately 400-500 thousand rupiah. ONLY FOR ONE CUP! is equivalent to the price of 2 ribs Toni Romas, who sepiringnya worth 200 thousand. Figures are fantastic just to sip a cup of coffee. This phenomenal coffee even became a hot topic in America, and went on Oprah Winfrey Show. Events Realiti American show which was hosted this Oprah watched no fewer than 4 million people every day. It seemed, when talking about Luwak coffee, people are no longer talking about myth. Myth or not, Luwak coffee from Indonesia is already a go-international, and the title as most expensive coffee and weirdest in the world.