The Most Expensive Coffee in The World is Made From Animal Poop

Aug 7, 2010 9 comments

Kopi luwak, the world’s most expensive coffee, is made from a certain variety of wild red coffee beans but only after it has passed through the digestive track of the Asian Palm Civet. The berries which grow in Indonesia and Philippines are eaten by the civet, a weasel-like animal, who likes the berries for their flesh. But they can't digest the inner beans which come out as poop.


These droppings are gathered, thoroughly washed, sun dried, roasted and when brewed, they yield an aromatic coffee. Apparently, the beans after having spend about a day and a half in the civet's digestive tract pick up a unique flavor. Drinkers swear it tastes like caramel and chocolate!

Kopi luwak sells for between US $100 and $600 per pound. In coffee shops around Japan and the US it sells for about $30 a cup. In 2008, a department store in London began selling a blend of Kopi luwak and Blue Mountain called Caffe Raro for £50 (US $99.00) a cup.












  1. thank you so much for sharing this information with us, it is pretty interesting.

  2. incredible ... it's valuable

  3. I've seen that thr' The Bucket List by Rob Reiner :)

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  5. I went to Baguio a few weeks ago which is located in the Benguet region in the Philippines and came across a coffee bean shop. I personally purchased Benguet coffee beans but spotted civet beans as well. Here in the Philippines, it's called, "Kape Alamid" which happens to popular among the tourists. It smells quite fragrant.

  6. I am surprised that that coffee is the most expensive. There are lots of coffee like that in our place here in the Philippines. My grandmother is planting them around our house.

  7. If you see the movie 'As Good as it Gets' with Jack Nicholson as the star, there is a reference to this coffee in there. A good movie too, one of my favorites.

  8. My sister brought some of this back to me from her trip to Bali and it was hands down the best coffee I have ever drank. Expensive, but oh so good ;)

  9. You might think, but in reality it is one of the best coffees I have ever drank, even better than the Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee while in Jamaica.


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