The Kopi Kuwak is famously produced by the Paradoxurus, a relative of three different breeds of civet, a slinky mammal that looks like a cross between a cat and a mongoose. The coffee blends originates on the Indonesian island of Sumatra and is produced when the Paradoxurus eats coffee cherries, digests them and then the beans are extracted, cleaned and roasted.
Amazingly, a cup of Kopi Kuwak typically costs about $90. Or, you can pick up a pound of the beans for around $1,000. Just getting a cup of the coffee typically requires an appointment.
Is it the unusual and labor-intensive process that drives up the price? Or, is there something truly, well, unique about its taste?
The coffee website Funnel Mill describes the Kopi Kuwak process as, “The resulting coffee is said to be like no other. It has a rich, heavy flavor with hints of caramel and chocolate. Other terms used to describe it are earthy, aromatic, sweet and exotic. The body is almost syrupy and it is probably the smoothest coffee known to mankind.”
However, the website Touch of Modern is offering a limited run of Kopi Kuwak that is far less expensive. You can pick up a bag of Kopi Luwak Arabica for less than $30. Buying three 150 gram packages of the blend will set you back about $600 but that’s still quite a bit less than purchasing the bleind at its full price.
So, what do you think? Would you spend $600, or even $30, to try the world’s most rare and expensive coffee?