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Monday, July 21, 2008

Kopi Luwak

I saw the movie " Bucket List", a few weeks ago. Its one of those "feel good" movies about two terminally ill men ( Jack Nicholson & Morgan Freeman) who head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.

One of the to-do is to taste the most rare and expensive coffee in the world - Kopi Luwak. Do you know how this coffee is prepared? Here is what Wikipedia has to say :

"Kopi is the Indonesian word for coffee, and luwak is a local name of the Asian Palm Civet. The raw, red coffee berries are part of its normal diet, along with insects, small mammals, small reptiles, eggs and nestlings of birds, and other fruit. The inner bean of the berry is not digested, but it has been proposed that enzymes in the stomach of the civet add to the coffee's flavor by breaking down the proteins that give coffee its bitter taste. The beans are eliminated (defecated) still covered in some inner layers of the berry. The beans are washed, and given only a light roast so as to not destroy the complex flavors that develop through the process"

Holy cow ! That is exotic for sure.

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