The Coffee Project - Kopi Luwak

Wild Arabica Kopi Luwak - No Cages - UTZ Certified Traceable - 3 oz

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$49.00
Kopi Luwak - Wild Arabica Gayo Luwak are animal friendly coffee beans, processed by the Palm Civet or Luwak in Indonesia. All our wild coffee beans are collected on UTZ certified farms only and processed in cooperation with WAP, World Animal Protection.

Cage Free, WILD Arabica Kopi Luwak. is 100% traceable through World Animal Protection as freely living in the highlands of the Gayo Mountains in Northern Sumatra.

Newcomers, this Kopi Luwak is RAW coffee, unroasted. Also called "green coffee." You need to roast it first before grinding. Roasting only takes about 10 minutes and its super easy. Look around our site if you have any questions. Also note that this coffee is Arabica! Not Robusta as you may find elsewhere on the 'net.

Call it what you will... and you will, here it is- the famed and extremely rare Kopi Luwak (wet processed) coffee from Sumatera. That's no typo, we're down with the local lingo. Sumatera = Sumatra. Kopi translates as coffee, and Luwak is another name for the palm civet, Paradoxurus hermaphroditus. We've all met a few even if our friends had to explain it to us later... Kopi Luak, or Luwak, also comes from the Philipines Civet, called Kape Alamid in Philipino. Sometimes called Civet coffee, and sometimes incorrectly called weasel coffee.

What's special about THIS Kopi Luwak?

It's 100% traceable through World Animal Protection as freely living in the highlands of the Gayo Mountains in Northern Sumatra. A few years ago we stopped selling Kopi Luwak due to a rise in caged Luwaks. It is Arabica, not Robusta.

THIS Wild Kopi Luwak comes exclusively from UTZ farmers and is therefore completely traceable to the coffee farmer where no caged animals are kept in or around the farms. We refer to the Code of Conduct CF.B.7 clause, which states: “There are no animals used to produce any kind of animal coffee held in captivity on the farm.”

There are 131 registered collectors who provide this coffee each of whom forages on their own farm, brings their coffee to a central facility in the village of Berewang Dewal. In this facility collected Wild Kopi Luwak is checked against a quality standard by the Head of Collection.


$49 gets you three ounces (raw) of this unique coffee widely known as the most expensive in the world. Which IS in fact collected from the forest floor just below where palm civets do what they do best; eat insects, snack on lizards, pick the most perfectly ripe coffee cherries, and "process" them.
Once roasted, three ounces will produce about 8 cups of brewed coffee, often reported to sell in cafes for over $50 a cup! Do the math on that.

You gourmands might be interested to know that these are in fact Arabica beans, not Robusta as some Kopi Luwak may be. Who likes a big steamy Robusta? when you can have a... never mind. The point is, you want Arabica Kopi Luwak, never Robusta.

Aside from the silliness, these are surprisingly good looking and well processed beans. At first whiff there is a musty/tangy quality to the raw coffee and a decidedly sepia tone to them. The grading is uniform and clean, as good or better than a lot of Specialty Coffee you might see. In the sunlight the beans have an interesting translucency similar to the blue green of some huehuetenengo, but in this case they have kind of a sable toned translucency instead.


This may not be the coffee for everyday occasions, but its worth crossing off your bucket list as something you've tried at least once in your life. Of course it also makes a phenomenal gift.

All coffee is sold by the pound except where noted. In this case, we're talking ounces.

Product Description

Details

The most expensive and rare coffee on the planet. Smooth, earthy, sweet with a hint of caramel and chocolate. Clean finish. Arabica Note the price drop at 18 ounces, a little over a pound.

Additional Info

Additional Information

Type No
Elevation 3,600-5,000 feet
Farm -
Origin Indonesia, PNG, Hawaii
Farmer -
City -
Region Gayo Highlands
Farm Size -
Coffee growing area -
Processing system wet processed
Variety Arabica , Central Aceh , Gayo 1
Practices Arabica from Monitored farms only
Climate -
Soil Type -

Reviews

  1. Excellent—for special occasions, at least Review by Jonathan

    We picked up six ounces of the stuff to celebrate a graduation with, splitting it into two three-ounce batches to give us some room for roasting errors. This was a good thing, as the first batch got overroasted—not egregiously so, but it was definitely showing visible surface oils. Prepared using a burr grinder on its finest setting, four scoops in an Aeropress brewed with 175° water.

    Since the Aeropress produces a very strong initial coffee stock, we had two tastings: one straight from the press, the other diluted with hot water as is our standard practice. The first was, as expected, strong to the point of being a little difficult to appreciate, but clearly showed some unusual (mostly good, some neutral—nothing bad) flavours which I lack the vocabulary to describe. In our second error of the tasting we overdiluted the remaining coffee, making it a little difficult to taste its distinctive characteristics, but with a little concentration we were able to appreciate it.

    So the bottom line is more or less what you might expect; I have yet to try other ultra-specialty coffees like Jamaican Blue Mountain, so I can't offer a comparison there, but what we have here is an amazing coffee that you really should try sometime, maybe for a special occasion, but which does not live up to the equivalence implied by price of being worth, say, seven and a half pounds of La Minita or something. Still, I know what I'll be roasting at very special occasions. (Posted on 6/13/2010)

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