Kopi Luwak or ‘cat poop coffee’ – The world’s most expensive brew


We spent couple of days in Ubud (Bali) and one day when we were going around with our taxi driver, he suggested us to stop at one of these farms to try Kopi Luwak coffee. We have never heard of it before, so we said ‘’why not?’’, let’s try it out. On the way there, he asked us couple of time is we are sure about it because it’s very very expensive coffee. When we asked him how much it costs, he told us that it’s around 25,000-35,000IDR (around €2). With a surprised smile on our face we told him that it’s fine for us.


Why do they call it cat poop coffee?

It’s actually not even a cat (haha). This animal it’s called civet and it’s really cute. It lives on the coffee plantations and eats the coffee berries that grow there. The actual coffee is made from coffee beans that are partially digested and then pooped out by the civet. Then, they wash them and remove the coffee beans from the shell so it doesn’t actually touch the poop.

Since popularity of this coffee grows and tourists want to see these animals and the way it works, they put them in small cages and feed them only with these berries, even though their diet should also contain fruit and insects. That was one think I really didn’t like when I got to know this.


Why is it the most expensive coffee in the world?

Civets have really sensitive smell, so they only choose to eat the best coffee berries from the plantations. Their digestive enzymes change the structure of proteins in the coffee beans, which removes some of the acidity to make a smoother cup of coffee.

In Europe, it costs up to €70 a cup and we only paid around €2 for a cup and it was including a full tray of different and delicious teas to taste and an explanation of the process of making this specific coffee.


How does it taste?

Honestly? I think it tasted like a normal instant coffee, haha… People say that the taste is smoother and more delicate, but I would rather take an espresso and would definitely enjoyed it more. And I am a coffee lover! But everyone has different tastes and opinions… I wouldn’t pay €70 for a cup of this coffee, but if you are in Asia it is a nice experience to go to the coffee plantation and try it since it’s really cheap, but that’s it for me. But maybe you will like it more than me 🙂

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