Civet Coffee / Kopi Luwak : Defecated Coffee ?

I remember my post about puke coffee. Weasel eat ripe coffees. Digest the pulp but fail to dissolve the seeds. Then eventually vomit it. The seeds are washed and light roasted. Then voila! You have a very awesome puke coffee! Correct me if I’m wrong.

I really want to try this thing!

The story does not end yet. You can find the coffee alamid or kopi luwak from Bote Central and Bantai Civet Coffee. So what is the difference from puke coffee? They are basically the same except for one thing. The first is puked while the second is defecated. (update September, 2011: I never really sure if the term “puke” they are using is correct).

Civet cats (a relative of weasels?) eat coffees. They are very selective, they pick the most ripe coffees. The coffees sit for a while inside their stomach. Some sort of fermentation occur which remove the bitterness and give unique and smooth taste. Then the seeds are defecated — the final act of digestion by which organisms eliminate solid, semisolid or liquid waste material from the digestive tract via the anus –. Then the seeds are washed and light roasted.

This might be unsanitary cause it may harbor E.coli bacteria. Don’t worry! This is not proven yet. Try it now and taste the difference!

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Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

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