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“Cat poo” coffee: Coming soon to Florida

civetcoffee_150Coffee lovers in Fort Myers, Florida will get a chance to taste the rarest — and priciest — coffee in the world next week.

For National Coffee Day on Tuesday, Sept. 29, Bennett’s Fresh Roast in Fort Myers will serve Kopi Luwak coffee. The prized bean from Indonesia is eaten by wild civets, passes through the animal’s digestive tract and is collected and processed for brewing.

Often called “cat-poo coffee” — though the civet isn’t actually a cat — it sells for $190 a pound.

It’s believed that the coffee gets its distinct caramel-like flavor from being fermented by enzymes in the stomach of the civet.

“Sounds delicious, right?” said Bennett’s owner Bob Grissinger. “It’s been featured in Forbes Magazine, on ‘Oprah’ and in the movie ‘The Bucket List.’ I’ve always wanted to try it, and I figured our customers might be daring enough also.”

Bennett plans to sell small samples for $10 and 12-ounce cups for $20 while supplies last, according to the News-Press in Fort Myers.

The high price tag is a reflection of low supply: The average annual production is about 500 pounds, according to Bennett’s. Grissinger said he does not plan to brew Kopi Luwak on regular basis.

“At such a high cost, I don’t believe there is a regular market in our local economy for such extravagance,” he said.

The coffee is sold as caphe cut chon (“fox-dung coffee”) in Vietnam or Kopi Luwak (“civet coffee”) in Indonesia.


Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time September 25, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Do you think it would be OK if I just mailed in my $10 in exchange for a promise not to have to try the coffee?

Comment from Alberto
Time October 17, 2009 at 8:13 am

All scientific analysis confirm that Kopi Luwak is not dangerous for health. Dr. Marcone said that as a scientist, he doubted about the safety of a product which has been in contact with excrement but his final tests show that due to the thorough washing process the quantity of pathogen organisms in the beans is insignificant. Whatever the washing process misses the roasting and brewing process will make up for.

In colonial times in Indonesia, the Dutchmen don’t allow local farmers to consume the coffee harvested in “their” plantations so, they collect the beans found in the floor (the civet pooh) and finally realize that the coffe made with them taste better than the normal one.

If you want to know all about Kopi Luwak or want to try it, please visit: http://www.realkopiluwak.com There you can find a description of the Luwak animal, the process to obtain the Kopi Luwak, How to make a perfect cup of coffe, warnings about buying kopi luwak, description of this rare coffee, pics and video. You can also buy kopi luwak online. Thanks