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Kopi Luwak

Let’s get to the heart of the matter. How good can coffee taste after it’s been through a cat’s digestive system and pooped out the other end?

Yes, Kopi Luwak is eaten by a civet and passed out in the fulness of time to be collected by diligent coffee farmers and sold for exorbitant prices. Appetising? Yes, according to some.

We won some Kopi Luwak (ok, my wife won it – I’m saving my luck for Euromillions) and it arrived in the post yesterday- along with some Jamaican Blue and Hawaiian Kona courtesy of London’s  Sea Island Coffee. This was part of a raffle at the 2012 London Coffee Festival a fortnight ago.

I’ll let you know how it brews up – I’ve already had a few caffeinistas urge me not to bother with it – but it’d be rude not to try free coffee…

But it does remind me of my trip to Prague earlier this year.

Prague is not a great coffee city. It’s too wrapped up in old European conventions – namely: roast it till it’s black and add copious sugar.

However, Prague does have a coffee museum and it’s where I found the following gem.

Model of civet for coffee

Kopi Luwak server

Kopi Lumak exhibit exit

End result

It’s somewhat gimmicky (as is the concept of drinking excreted coffee beans)…. but it grabs the attention.Pour the beans into the top of the civet and then pull the tail and hey presto! Out pops the poop – Kopi Luwak.

model of Kopi Luwak

Civet poop

And of course no self-respecting coffee museum would be without a model of the end result.

Coffee is such a fascinating subject to study – from production along the equator to consumption across the globe. Prague’s coffee museum is not lauded but perhaps it should be when it contains relics like the above working model. London has a coffee and tea museum, too but I have yet to visit it. It’s one of this summer’s goals. Hope to see you there.

What’s your favourite coffee implement?


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