Kopi Luwak, also known as civet coffee, refers to a unique type of coffee that is obtained from seeds of berries eaten by the Luwak.
The Luwak is also known as the Asian Palm civet, is an animal that is native to Bali. The name of this type of coffee is derived from two words: Kopi and Luwak. Kopi is the local word for coffee, while Luwak is the animal.
Kopi Luwak Coffee Beans – Poo Coffee Price & Where to Buy in Bali
The Luwak animal eats the berries and defecates the seeds/beans due to its inability to digest them. The droppings of Luwaks are collected by the Balinese.
One of the things that makes Kopi Luwak unique is the process of fermentation. Once the Luwak has consumed the berries, they undergo fermentation in the digestive tract, thanks to the enzymes present. This improves the flavor remarkably, making it a rare type of coffee bean.
To sample the best of this coffee, visitors would have to check the numerous cafes that dot the island. The cost of this type of coffee is higher that the average cup of coffee. The coffee sells for between US$100 and $600 per pound. While the worth of this is debatable amongst a number of Bali’s visitors, it goes without saying that this is a unique experience in itself, one of the things that is a must-try while in Bali.
You can buy this coffee in plantations in Ubud and Sanur and also some supermarkets also sell it at retail prices.