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!
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).
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.
You can also purchase Kopi Luwak online here.
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!
Learning about Kopi Luwak was just one of the many interesting facts about Indonesia we discovered on our travels around the country.
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.
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There are quite a few other attractions in Bukittinggi too, such as the Sianok Canyon & eating at an authentic Padang restaurant…
Things to do in Bukittinggi
Our 1 day travel guide shows you the best things to do in Bukittinggi, including Sianok Canyon & eating authentic Padang food – there’s accommodation & transport info too!Read more
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 🙂
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 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!
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.
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*** The Final Word: Enjoy a cup of Kopi Luwak before or after searching for Rafflesia! ***
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Visited in October 2015