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Free Range Luwak Coffee
Kopi luwak or civet coffee, is coffee that includes part-digested coffee cherries eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet. Fermentation occurs as the cherries pass through a civet’s intestines, and after being defecated with other fecal matter, they are collected.
Before we go into more detail about civet coffee, let’s watch a short video to learn a little about the process and the controversy that has developed.
What makes civet coffee superior? Wild civets only eat the ripest coffee cherries (which make the best coffee) which ferment in their digestive tract. During this process of around 24 to 36 hours enzymes break down some of the beans proteins – altering the taste and chemical composition of the end product.
Where does civet coffee come from?
Kopi Luwak coffee comes mostly from Southeast Asia and the sub-Saharan Africa. And the beans are collected from the droppings of an animal called a civet.
The coffee used to come from the droppings of wild animals, but now the vast majority comes from civet farms.
Some people are claiming to be able to mimic the “fermentation process” through other means.
How is civet coffee made?
The Asian palm civet eats ripe coffee cherries. After a digestion process of around 24 hours the undigested coffee beans are excreted in the civet’s poop.
The beans are collected and washed. At this time any remnants from the coffee cherries are removed.
The beans are then dried, roasted, ground and brewed.
14 Facts about the Asian Palm Civet:
- The civet is a nocturnal animal. It comes out at night to feed, much like a raccoon. It makes loud noises, climbs around and poops on the roof of peoples houses. Because of this it’s seen as a pest in many areas.
- This little critter is an omnivore. The civet eats ripe coffee cherries, mangoes, rambutan and other fruit. It also eats insects and some small mammals.
- They are largely solitary. Civets are solitary and territorial, usually only coming together to mate.
- They are also known as a toddy cat. The civet gets this name because it feeds on palm flower sap. This sap is fermented to make a sweet liquor called toddy.
- The civet is native to: Cambodia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, India, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei Darussalam, Bhutan, China, Sri Lanka, Sarawak, Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Laos, and the Indonesian islands of Kalimantan, Sumatra, Siberut, Java, and Bawean.
- It’s super cute. The Asian palm civet is covered in coarse black and light gray fur. They may also have some white and tan markings. The main body coloring is light gray with stripes or spots of black, its face is usually black with light gray markings on its forehead and around its eyes. The ears, legs and long tail are usually black.
- The civet is about the size of a large cat. It weighs between 4 – 11 pounds (2 to 5 kg) and is around 53 cm (21 in) long. Its tail is around 48 cm (19 in) long.
- It’s stinky. The civet can spray kind of like a skunk. When it’s scared or upset it secretes a strong unpleasant smell from its anal sent glands.
- There is some concern about a civet population and treatment because of the creation of civet farms. The civets on the farms have been captured from the wild, reducing their numbers. It remains to bee see what effects this will have on the civet population in areas with heavy farming. They are also treated badly on many of the farms.
- They live for around 15 – 20 years.
- They are not feline. Although called a cat they are related to the weasel and the mongoose
- They give birth to up to four babies at a time.
- They spend most of their time on the ground but will climb for food or when they feel threatened.
- Kopi luwak comes from the civet. Kopi luwak coffee is the name of the coffee made from the beans found in the poop of the Asian palm civet.
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