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The Population of Luwak is On The Rise

Villagers in Lampung province have reported welcome news for coffee lovers but not so much for themselves: the population of the Asian palm civet is on the rise there.

The mammal is perhaps best known as the producer of the world’s most expensive coffee, Kopi Luwak.

The drink is made from coffee-berry beans that have first passed through the animal’s digestive tract, and it can command upwards of $100 a cup overseas.

However, the civet is also deemed a pest by local poultry and fruit farmers because of its omnivorous diet.

Marsidi, a resident of Way Ngison village in West Lampung district, 265 kilometers from the provincial capital Bandar Lampung, said on Tuesday that the civet population there was increasing by the day.

“It’s getting to the point where residents are getting very concerned that the civets will eat their poultry or their fruit crops,” he said.

Marsidi attributed the increase in population on the mushrooming of “kopi luwak farms” in the area, where he said people rounded up the animals further afield and released them here to feed on coffee berries.

He added that while the increase in population was worrisome, it was also a blessing in disguise.

“Even though it’s a pest, if you can catch one alive and sell it to a kopi luwak farm, they’ll pay you well,” he said. “It may spark concern, but it’s also the prima donna of farm animals.”

we can conclude that, with the increasing of civets, it also increases the income of the farmers there. becoming the world’s most expensive coffee producer is such a blessing for them.

News Source :  The Jakarta Globe

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The Flying Civet

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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The Most Expensive Coffee

The most expensive coffee in the world

Do you think it is Starbuck?

The most expensive coffee in the world does not hail from Jamaica or Hawaii, but instead from Indonesia.

Kopi Luwak, the most expensive coffee in the world does exist, and those who drink the expensive coffee insist that it is made from eaten coffee beans, partly digested and then excreted by the common palm civet, a weasel-like animal.

“Kopi” is the Indonesian word for coffee and “luwak” is the local name of this animal which eats the raw red coffee beans. The civet digests the soft outer part of the coffee cherry, but does not digest the inner beans and excretes them.

Apparently the internal digestion ends up adding a unique flavor to the beans, removing the bitter flavor. The excreted beans are then picked up by locals and sold. The most expensive coffee beans can cost up to $600 a pound, and up to $50 per cup. Yes you may have 12 cups of Starbuck’s double espresso at the same price.

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