Trusrt me! If you’re real coffee lover, you must taste Luwak coffee.
What actually makes Luwak coffe special? Travelers, let you know why this civet coffee is expensive (please do not about the price) and very special taste.
First, the process of making coffee beans is done manually with the help of animal mongoose that usually called as Luwak, and “not with the machine”. Luwak is known that the animal only eat the best coffee beans and ignore the coffee beans with the quality below it, let alone the bad.
Since mongoose animals are not machines, we can not force them to process coffee beans. Especially for the mongoose, coffee is just a snack or dessert. So do not expect them to eat it. After all, if they want, they only want the best. How to get it is also unique. They can not digest seeds with a certain degree of density so that when out with dirt, the shape of the coffee beans is still intact. The next reason that makes Luwak coffee special is of course because it has low acid and caffeine levels. The percentage of caffeine content is about 0.5%, while ordinary coffee is about 2%. This fact makes Luwak coffee safe to drink by people with diabetes, ulcers, and heart. The aroma is very phenomenal because it is processed with proteolytic enzymes.
In addition, Luwak coffee is also categorized in the type of quality coffee. The point is, the coffee beans are produced by fermentation in the mongoose stomach mixed with certain enzymes and last for 8-12 hours so that the caffeine content is low because the protein has been decomposed. While the quality of coffee beans produced from ordinary coffee beans require a “fermentation time of about 5 – 8 years”. The time is so fast from the fermentation process that makes Luwak coffee special.
Luwak coffee becomes expensive also related to economic law. The products are small, the quality is undoubted, and also made from the best coffee beans make it the target of coffee lovers. For them, sometimes the price does not matter if the saturated coffee is satisfactory. Based on my experience when travellers taste a Luwak coffe in Yogyakarta city. One cup of luwak coffe about 25.000 rupiah untill 100.000 rupiah. For one small pack of Luwak coffe powder in Yogyakarta about 200.000 rupiah for 100 gram. You can make one powder pack to be 10 cups. Is it to expensive? I do not think so. My friend from Amsterdam said that in Europe, Luwak coffe is very expensive than here.
In addition, many people are curious. Why you drink a coffee digested by mongoose and then issued along with dirt. Wait a minute….
What really happens is that the coffee beans are still coated with the outer shell of coffee that is not destroyed. Thus, the coffee beans are not mixed with dirt. Certainly, before processing, coffee beans are washed repeatedly, dried, roasted, then can be enjoyed in a cup of coffee. According to research, the roasted civet coffee contains smaller bacteria than regular coffee. So, if you love your heart and hobby to drink coffee, Luwak coffee can be an option. High content of antioxidants can also prevent various neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. While the protelitic enzymes of mongoose are very useful as anti-free radicals, boost the immune system and contain amino acids that are good for health.