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Coffee is the weak point of many coffee lovers who would like to drink a coffee when they feel tired or bored. Today we are going to dive into the world’s most expensive coffee which are made and processed in a different manner. Let’s know more about them and have a sip of coffee if your wallet is full of dollars.
Kopi luwak or civet coffee, is coffee that includes part-digested coffee cherries eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet .Fermentation occurs as the cherries pass through a civet’s intestines, and after being defecated with other fecal matter, they are collected.
Producers of the coffee beans argue that the process may improve coffee through two mechanisms, selection – civets choosing to eat only certain cherries – and digestion – biological or chemical mechanisms in the animal’s digestive tract altering the composition of the coffee cherries.
The traditional method of collecting feces from wild civets has given way to intensive farming methods in which civets in battery cage systems are force-fed the cherries. This method of production has raised ethical concerns about the treatment of civets due to “horrific conditions” including isolation, poor diet, small cages and a high mortality rate.
Although kopi luwak is a form of processing rather than a variety of coffee, it has been called one of the most expensive coffees in the world, with retail prices reaching €550 / US$700 per kilogram.
Kopi luwak is produced mainly on the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago. It is also widely gathered in the forest or produced in the farms in the islands of the Philippines (where the product is called kape motit in the Cordillera region, kapé alamíd in Tagalog areas, and kapé melô or kapé musang in Mindanao island), and in East Timor (where it is called kafé-laku). Weasel coffee is a loose English translation of its Vietnamese name cà phê Chồn.
Black Ivory Coffee
Black Ivory Coffee is a brand of coffee produced by the Black Ivory Coffee Company Ltd in northern Thailand from Arabica coffee beans consumed by elephants and collected from their waste.The taste of Black Ivory coffee is influenced by elephants’ digestive enzymes, which breaks down the coffee’s protein. The coffee beans are digested within 15 to 70 hours, and are present with various other ingredients in the elephants’ stomachs, which imparts specific flavors to the product.
Black Ivory coffee has been described as “very smooth without the bitterness of regular coffee” and is among the world’s most expensive coffees, at US$1,100 per kilogram. It has limited availability, and at a few luxury hotels it is available at the price of US$50 a cup.
The supply of Black Ivory coffee depends on the availability of coffee cherries, the appetite of the elephants, the number of beans destroyed through chewing of the beans and the ability of the mahouts and their wives to recover intact beans. The high price of the product is largely due to the large number of coffee cherries needed to produce the finished product: 33 kilograms (72 pounds) of raw coffee cherries results in one kilogram (two pounds) of the finished product. Most of the beans are not recoverable because they are chewed by the elephants, become fragmented, or after being excreted are lost in the bush.
Health benefits of Kopi Luwak
1. Protects the teeth
2. Good for ulcer patients
3. Cancer prevention
4. Helps control diabetes
5. Lowers post workout muscle pain
6. Helps prevent neurological disorders
7. Keeps gallstone diseases under check
Benefits of Black Ivory coffee
1.Natural Energy Booster
2.Great for Weight Loss
3.Low in Sugar Content
Some said that a Mathematician is a device turning coffees to theorems, if the calculation of coffee price is so expensive as a Kopi luwak or Black Ivory coffee not only mathematicians but any professional can turn coffees to some expensive theorems drinking a coffee. If you want to buy these coffee beans you need some traders from Indonesia or Thailand. And the good news is that now Kopi Luwak coffee is now available at Kochi . You can buy indian coffee powder or coffee beans from Indian market places and hope someday Kopi luwak and black ivory coffee become available at nearby marketplaces with some discount offers.