Why do people drink Kopi Luwak? (coffee from cat shit)

Why do people drink Kopi Luwak? (coffee from cat shit)

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  1. We as humans have been always intrigued by stories. Across all cultures in the world there have been storytellers sharing their stories and experiences with their audience. Every place has at least one interesting food item with an appealing story attached to it which makes it unique. Food is also on the list of new experiences that we definitely try when visiting a place.
    So why people drink Kopi Luwak is primarily to satisfy the curiosity gene. We want have that first hand experience of the thing that has stories and history attached to it, something that we can offer our own personal opinion on as well. After being fed with the knowledge of the history and uniqueness of Kopi Luwak, we need to taste it to see and in a way verify the talks around.
    There is also the fact that when it comes to hot beverages, people prefer tea or coffee. And since here we have a story attached to the coffee, the Kopi Luwak wins.

  2. Easy. Because of it’s taste and of the story behind its production process.
    To be more specific: you a.) have to find and collect said cat shit and b.) gather enough beans by said shit to produce a decent cup of coffee. Apparently the droppings are hard to find. This makes the process in its oldest form (gathering for droppings in bushes) labor intensive.
    One could argue that the digestion system of a Luwak – actually not a cat but more a raccoon – does not do much for beans and one could just as well feed them to goats (or other animals). This appears to be a thing but hasn’t worked out really well so far as in: new exclusive product, come and get it at high prices!
    Therefore the change in flavor as it is real has prompted people to have tamed Luwaks roam plantations or to do research on process of fermentation and try to chemically copy it.
    In both people have succeeded to which the ch…

  3. The luwaks are appaently selective about the beans they eat and their selectivity apparently makes for better coffee. The luwak’s system only digests the fruit of the bean and the seed, which is used in making coffee, is excreted. People then gather these seeds, wash them and process them as we would regular coffee beans.
    People drink it for the same reason other people drink $300 wines or eat at $300 restaurants: they have been told it is a special experience, and we are curious folk!

  4. Kopi Luwak coffee is made from coffee beans eaten and excreted by an Indonesian civet called a luwak.

    Why do people drink Kopi Luwak? (coffee from cat shit)

    The beans are cleaned before being roasted and ground to make beverage coffee.
    Wikipedia says:
    Coffee berries are eaten by a civet for their fruit pulp. After spending about a day and a half in the civet’s digestive tract the beans are then defecated in clumps, having kept their shape and still covered with some of the fleshy berry’s inner layers.
    Despite being in contact with faeces and pathogenic organisms, the beans contain negligible amounts of the enteric (pathogenic) organisms associated with feces. Moreover, the “cherry” or endocarp surrounding the bean is not completely digested by the luwak, and after being collected, the farmer performs thorough washing and removes the endocarp. The final roasting of the beans would, additionally, eliminate any remaining bacteria.
    About a year ago my husband and I visited a coffee plantation in Bali where they had a bunch of luwaks busily eating and shitting out the local beans. While we were there we decided to try the coffee to see what we thought about it. It was OK but I’d rather drink a medium roast from my local Stumptown, or a blonde roast from Starbucks, and I would certainly never pay what it costs on a routine basis to drink kopi luwak. It just wasn’t noticeably special in any way.
    But why did we drink it? Curiosity. Not knowing when we’d ever be in Bali again, and wanting to experience a local specialty.
    It’s not cat shit.
    I do wonder, though, who had the first idea to do this…

  5. In the early 1800’s when the Dutch solidified their control over the islands of Java, Sumatra and Bali, they saw the immense value coffee could have as a cash crop. As a result, they strictly prohibited any of the natives from picking coffee fruits for their own use. The natives discovered that the civets ate the beans and began collecting their droppings as a way to have their own coffee on the sly. Eventually, the Dutch plantation owners discovered what was going on but they also liked the taste of the civet coffee. What began as a black market act of rebellion became an international coffee sensation and a source of great pride among the Indonesian islands.

  6. The easiest answer is that Asian people love wild and weird drinks. That’s why many Asians can eat snake, blood pudding (of pigs, goats, ducks, and snakes, etc.). The root motivation is that they want to show up!

    Victor Allen’s

  7. I think it has to do with the specific cost.
    People hear that this special coffee is really good. At $300 bucks a cup they are not going to regularly drink it. But on vacation some people say “why not”? It’s a story they will have forever.
    I’m somewhat curious. Maybe if I was in the situation I would try it.


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