I just read and knew about the existence of this coffee today from THE SUN's newspaper. Apparently this type of coffee is one of the most expensive coffee in the world! One cup of this "Civet Coffee" or in Indonesian language "Kopi Luwak" is about RM168. (That's what I read in THE SUN). Do you know what kind of animal is "Civet"?
This information is taken from WIKIPEDIA:
Kopi luwak (Malay pronunciation: [ˈkopi ˈlu.aʔ]), or civet coffee, is one of the world's most expensive and low-production varieties of coffee. It is made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) and other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract. A civet eats the berries for their fleshy pulp. In its stomach, proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet's intestines the beans are then defecated, keeping their shape. After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness, widely noted as the most expensive coffee in the world.
Kopi luwak is produced mainly on the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago, and also in the Philippines (where the product is called motit coffee in the Cordillera and kape alamid in Tagalog areas) and also in East Timor (where it is called kafé-laku). Weasel coffee is a loose English translation of its name cà phê Chồn in Vietnam, where popular, chemically simulated versions are also produced.
I was quite surprised to find out that in July 2010, The Muslim Body in Indonesia said that this type of coffee is HALAL. How can we drink from a disgusting source? Even though there are so many processes involved before they produce the coffee beans, we can't change the fact that it's dirty and disgusting. Have you ever come across this type of coffee before? What do you think about it?