Did you know the world’s most expensive coffee goes through an animal system? The world’s most expensive coffee, kopi luwak ( “civet coffee”) is brewed from coffee beans that have been eaten and partially digested by the Asian palm civet, a catlike wild animal.
This variety of coffee can reach up to $150 per pound. In the past 10 years, kopi luwak has won the hearts of global consumers. A cup sells for $30 to $100 in New York City and London, while 1 kg of roasted beans can fetch as much as $130 in Indonesia.
The beans are harvested from the droppings of the civet and washed, and can be brewed into an aromatic coffee renowned for its low bitterness and excellent flavor.
Traditionally, the coffee was so rare because harvesters had to scour the rain forest floor looking for civet droppings that contained coffee beans.
In recent years, some people have started caging wild civets and feeding them the beans directly.
This has become a questioning practice as the free animals are caged to produce human needs.