The origin of kopi luwak – the most expensive coffee in the world

The history of Kopi Luwak or Cat poop coffee

Was someone asked to drink cat poop coffee as a punishment or did someone lose a bet?  Or was it one of those challenges on fear factor where you need to eat or drink disgusting stuff?
Seriously! We love cats but how many of us think about scooping up the cat litter box and using it to make some coffee?

The world’s rarest and most exotically produced coffee

For those of you who are wondering how the most expensive coffee came about, here is some background on its origin. The kopi luwak originated in the beautiful islands of Java, Bali and Sumatra in Indonesia. The history of this civet coffee dates back all the way to the colonial era when coffee production started in Indonesia.

In the early 18th century, the regions of Java and Sumatra were a Dutch colony known as the Dutch East Indies. This region came to be known as Indonesia following World War II. The Dutch established coffee plantations in the Dutch East Indies and started producing Arabica coffee. The plantation owners hired the native farmers to work at the coffee plantations. They however did not allow the locals to pick the coffee berries for their own use. Being one of the popular coffee beverage, the natives wanted a taste of this amazing coffee. So what did they do?

They discovered that the wild asian civet cat wandered through the coffee plantations at night and feasted on the ripe coffee berries. But since these animals could not digest the seeds it was discarded in their droppings. Who knew these droppings would be worth its weight in gold! The natives collected the luwaks’ coffee seed droppings, washed, dried and roasted the beans. They then ground the beans to make their coffee. The news soon spread about this unique way of making coffee and its distinct taste due to the fermentation of the beans in the civet cat’s stomach. The dutch plantation owners learned about the civet coffee and it soon became everyone’s favorite.

The civet coffee has been around since the colonial era and was the most expensive coffee even in the 18th century. The western society has only recently discovered this rare, unique and unusual coffee. Read more about this unique coffee here.

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