Kopi Luwak / Civet Coffee…, and the price to pay.
By Ron R. Lacson
It is the most expensive coffee on the planet. It is also the yuckiest when you begin to realize that the coffee beans were coated with knots of poo (well ok, ‘shit’ if you want to be afforded further clarity) before they find their way into your cup.
I’ve ordered a cup of Kopi Luwak when I was in Jakarta last week; and as my colleagues and I sat in a rather comfy coffee bistro – which has unique styles of wooden curved seats that suit any arse – inside a large mall, waiting to be served our respective chosen java drink, I contemplated the arrival and taste of the remarkably complex, full-bodied, smooth coffee with its alluring aroma.
Oh, did I already mention that it’s expensive (very)? I guess I did. I won’t mention the figure here; but it could well equal to a day meal, or up to a 3-day meal of a family of 5 – depending which country that family lives.