If you’re a true coffee lover (*cough* or addict, like some of us… *cough*), you’re probably constantly on the lookout for which products and equipment to use to get the best brew, or even the latest and greatest coffee trends to fuel your obsession.
But, have you heard of civet coffee? More than just a trend, civet coffee – also known as Kopi Luwak, has taken the world by storm for not only its unique flavor and health benefits, but for the way it is produced and processed.
So, what is civet coffee and why has it become such a treasure in the coffee elite community? Should you be drinking it?
The Taste of Kopi Luwak
The flavor of Kopi Luwak comes from the fact that the coffee is actually processed in the body of the Asian Palm Civet. Though these animals are often called “cats,” they’re not members of the cat family and are actually relatedly more closely to the mongoose.
Kopi Luwak is harvested from the excrement of the civet. Civets have unique enzymes within their digestive systems that result in a smooth tasting coffee once those beans are brewed.
Because this type of coffee is becoming so popular and is in such high demand, it can be very expensive. It also means that many producers of the coffee are keeping civets locked up strictly for production. So, if you do want to start drinking Kopi Luwak, make sure you purchase it from a producer that collects from free-range civets.
Why Should You Drink This?
Yes, it sounds a little weird at first. When you’re drinking your cup of joe in the morning, you probably don’t want to think about it going through the body of an animal. But, the taste, richness, and even the benefits of Kopi Luwak are what has made so many people claim that it’s the best coffee ever.
One of the biggest benefits is that it protects your teeth. Coffee stains on teeth can be a huge problem for avid java drinkers. But, civet coffee has antibacterial properties that protect your teeth from cavities and decay.
It also can reduce your risk of certain types of cancers, as well as different neurological disorders. If you tend to work out quite a bit, a cup of Kopi Luwak can help to reduce muscle tension and fatigue and encourage your body to recover faster.
The Cost of Kopi
The truth is, Kopi Luwak coffee is a delicacy because it’s so rare. The “harvest” is based solely on how much the civets are able to process, which is never a concrete number. Because of that, the coffee is produced in very small batches, making it quite pricey.
So, will you ever get your hands on a bag of civet coffee? That’s up to you, but don’t let the “source” of these beans throw you for a loop – the world’s best coffee…comes from poop! Okay, that may have been a bad joke. But, if you do get to enjoy a cup of civet coffee, savor in the flavor and enjoy the benefits of this true treasure for coffee lovers.