The history of the kopi luwak coffee is closely related at when Indonesia was colonised by the Dutch who first imported coffee plantations from the Yemen country. Back then, harvesting coffee was prohibited so Indonesian and local farmers were forced to find another solution. And here’s the Indonesian name “Kopi Luwak”: Kopi stands for coffee and Luwak is simply the name of the civet which he’s called in several ways such as palm civet, civet cat, cat poop coffee (Paradoxurus Hermaphroditus) and so on. The species is the mongoose, to be more precise. kopi Luwak
Anyway, back at that time, local farmers realised that a great number of coffee beans were excreted by these civets and they decided to consume coffees from their excretion. After being collected from the ground, the beans were washed and then sun-dried before being processed (the process remove all doubt about contamination as coffee beans are roasted at high temperature).
The kopi luwak process
The unusual process that takes part inside the civet’s stomach. After being eaten, the cherries go through a sort of fermentation process where the digestive enzymes break down some of the proteins lowering its content. The result is often described as a smoother cup. most expensive coffee
According to the National Geographic, “the animals’ digestive enzymes “change the structure of proteins in the coffee beans, which removes some of the acidity to make a smoother cup of coffee.”
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