My mom watching tis show of how this Kopi Luwak is made. You will never guess what is the relationship of this Civet Cat and the Red Coffee Berries.
It is really from the cat's shit! And that's how the name comes about: 猫屎咖啡 (literal translation is Cat Stool/Shit Coffee)
A unique combination of enzymes in the stomach of the civet add to the coffee's flavor by breaking down the proteins that give coffee its bitter taste.
The Civets look like this. Fierce isn't it?
Step 1: They take the raw material .which is unprocessed. These are picked from the holes in decayed trees, or simply off the ground.
A closer look:
Step 2: The raw material is then procssed to make it into smaller pieces. This is done through smashing the big pieces into smaller pieces. Normally a pound is used. Depending on the amount of raw materials it could be a pound of hand held size of 35cm or a full sized pound of a man's height of 1.5cm.
This process does not crush the coffee beans because it is so hard (if you have ever touched one before, you would think it is like a stone!)
Step 3: Now that we have got this solid mixture of the cat's shit and the coffee bean we wanted, it is time to separate the coffee bean from the rest of the unwanted stuff. This is processed manually using the traditional method of... tada... a basket!
They actually let the wind do the work for them. They throw the mixture into the basket and the lighter (unwanted materials) will be carried off by the wind. Thus the coffee bean will remain in the basket. Here is the picture that will explain it all.
Of course if at this stage the coffee bean is still quite raw and quite unappetizing. The extracted coffeebean is then heated over low fire to bring out the aroma.
After this process, the coffee beans smells abit more palettable. It is then further grind into the coffee powder that we are familiar witih.
This mixture is then added the sugar and hot water before you can drink it. Of course, if you want to pack it, it is put into the plastic sachets that we are used to.
So, I say, it is really drinking the shit!
Do you know?
Kopi Luwak was the most expensive coffee in the world, selling for between $100 and $600 USD per pound, and is sold mainly in Japan and the United States by weight, and served in coffeehouses in Southeast Asia by the cup. It is increasingly becoming available elsewhere, though supplies are limited; only 1,000 pounds (450 kg) at most make it into the world market each year.
Read more from Wiki.
I am totally amazed at what Mother Nature gives!