The world’s most expensive coffee comes from the poo of the civet cat – read about the full process here & where to find Kopi Luwak in Indonesia!

How is Kopi Luwak Made?

Before we tell you exactly where to find Kopi Luwak, let us here at DIY Travel HQ explain the process of how this type of coffee is made.

In the highlands of Sumatra, civet cats eat and fully digest coffee beans – its poo is then collected by farmers and villagers & sold to coffee plantations to make Kopi Luwak.

It’s weak coffee but the best thing we’ve tasted in all of Indonesia haha!!!

The darker the poo, the better – coffee bean cat poo mixed with fruits & berries is the winning formula!

Coffee Luwak Fruits Cat Poo

Coffee bean cat poo mixed with fruits & berries is the winning formula

After the poo is collected, it is washed & the beans are left out in the sun to dry.

Here they are next to the much larger cacao beans (on the much smaller mat).

Coffee Luwak Cat Poo Drying

The cat poo drying on the large mat next to cacao beans

The beans are then put into a bowl and grinded with a large stick until the shells are broken. It is then roasted for 4 hours, cooled down & milled, before being packaged.

Now you must really be wondering where to find Kopi Luwak… well we visited the home of one of the main producers in Indonesia – but more on that later…

A cup here was $1.50, though we’ve seen it sold for $10 at city cafes.

1 kg here at the source retails for $200 but it can fetch over $1000.

From cancer prevention to anti-depressant agent, there are apparently many other uses & benefits to cat poo coffee … my skin has never felt smoother!

According to the owner, he entire Kopi Luwak process is completely organic, local, traditional & sustainable with great potential – if only there was enough cat poo to go around!

Coffee Luwak arm massage

Ooh… ahh… rub that cat poo in…

Where to Find Kopi Luwak

Kopi Luwak can be found in cafes & other places across Indonesia, but you’ll probably be paying a premium… & how do you know it’s the real thing?

The best place to try Kopi Luwak is in Bukittingi, particularly at the Batang Palupuh Nature Reserve -that’s also the place to go to if you’re wondering where to find the Rafflesia flower in Indonesia.

There are quite a few other things to do in Bukittinggi too, such as the Sianok Canyon & eating at an authentic Padang restaurant.

Me & a rafflesia in Bukittinggi

You can search for rafflesia before or after a cup of Kopi Luwak!

Anyway, back to our post on where to find Kopi Luwak…

At the Batang Palupuh Nature Reserve, look for the Rafflesia Coffee House, near the entrance.

The owner is a very enthusiastic & friendly woman, passionate about all things Kopi Luwak!

She will give you a very well-researched presentation on the process, including asking & answering her own questions, without pause 🙂

Kopi Luwak presentation in Bukittinggi

Enjoy a presentation about the full process at the Rafflesia Coffee House

Then you’ll have the opportunity to try the cat poo coffee, at a very reasonable 20,000 IDR / $1.50 a cup – you can actually get 2 cups out of one serving.

You can also buy some Kopi Luwak to take-away, straight from the source.

She assured me that I could take it into Australia (which has some of the strictest quarantine laws in the world) & gave me some documentation too.

Now that you know where to find Kopi Luwak in Indonesia, here’s a price list of what’s on offer:

Kopi Luwak for sale at Rafflesia Coffee House

Rafflesia Coffee House Price List

Kopi Luwak is one of the must-try local specialties in Indonesia & it was great to be able to visit a local coffee house & search for the rafflesia at the same time, same place.

There’s no official organization at the Batang Palupuh Nature Reserve, so we actually organized our Rafflesia guide from the coffee house as well.

So cat poo coffee might not be to your taste, but travelling is all about new experiences & putting yourself out of your comfort zone.

This stuff can sell for over US$1000 so spare a dollar & you’ll be drinking liquid gold – just try not to remember that it’s come out of a cat’s butt!

Picture of civet cat

All hail the incredible $$$ digestion process of the civet cat!

How to Get to & from Batang Palupuh Nature Reserve

From Bukittinggi, take a bus to the Batang Palupuh Nature Reserve for 8,000 IDR / $0.60.

Getting back to Bukittinggi, simply hail any passing bus. Be cautious that they may try to cheat you on the fare or drop you off out of town.

Before boarding, we agreed on a fare of 5,000 IDR / $0.35 a person but once we were on the bus, the bus driver wanted 50,000 IDR / $3.50 for the two of us.

We asked to get off the bus at which point the driver quickly changed the price back to 5,000 IDR / $0.35.

Entrance to Batung Palupah Nature Reserve

Entrance to Batang Palupuh Nature Reserve

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The world's most expensive coffee comes from the poo of the civet cat. In the highlands of Sumatra, civet cats eat and fully digest coffee aeans - its poo is then collected by farmers and villagers & sold to coffee plantations to make Kopi Luwak. Check out our post & learn about the full process, along with where to find authentic Kopi Luwak & exactly how to get there!

 

*** The Final Word: Enjoy a cup of Kopi Luwak before or after searching for Rafflesia! ***

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Easy DIY travel outside city centres using public transport

Visited in October 2015