Popularity Is Dangerous – Legendary Kopi Luwak Coffee – Exploiting Animals!

Probably the most expensive coffee – at US$700 per kilo – comes from the most unusual production process. Judge for yourself: Coffee cherries are eaten by the Asian palm civet, then defecated, and the coffee beans collected from the fecal matter and roasted. Traditionally produced in Sumatra, Java, or Indonesia, the beans used to be collected from civets living in the wild, however . . . as the demand for Kopi Luwak Coffee rose, the coffee business adapted. So Asian palm civets are now kept in captivity, in miserable living conditions, in cages, and badly fed.


Luwak Coffee – the world most expensive coffee


Yes, this is it… the valuable product from Asian palm civets


The three phases of Kopi Luwak Coffee – the fecal matter of cibets – cleaned coffee cherries – and roasted coffee beans


Coffee beans roasting


Final step – coffee grinding


The most expensive coffee has its own preparation ritual in coffee syphon


Civets are wild animals and their diet is variable


While in captivity they often have unilateral diet leading to health problems


The life in captivity also reflects on the mental state of the animals


Asian Palm Civet in cages

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