The Flying Civet

Posted on October 27th, 2009 at 7:03 am by Akhyari


Kopi Luwak or Civet Coffee is coffee made from coffee berries which have been eaten by and passed through the digestive tract of the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) and other related civets. The civets eat the berries, but the beans inside pass through their system undigested.

This process takes place in the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago; in the Philippines (wher;e the product is called Motit Coffee in the Cordillera, or Kape Alamid in Tagalog areas) and in East Timor (locally called Kafé-Laku). Local lore in Vietnam has given the name Weasel Coffee to this kind of coffee, in what is considered the closest recognizable translation to English.

Kopi Luwak was the most expensive coffee in the world, selling for between $100 and $600 USD per pound, and is sold mainly in Japan and the United States by weight, and served in coffeehouses in Southeast Asia by the cup. It is increasingly becoming available elsewhere, though supplies are limited; only 1,000 pounds (450 kg) at most make it into the world market each year.

>And now, don’t be surprised if Garuda Indonesia provides you the best of Coffee Luwak on board. Enjoy!

We are so proud of you, Garuda Indonesia!
And please welcome the Civets aboard!

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