8 Unbelievable Businesses in Asia
3. Kopi Luwak
Indonesian Islands of Java and Sumatra
A cup of coffee, whether hot or cold, always sounds refreshing and rejuvenating. And while having a cup of coffee, if it is told that the coffee is one of the expensive qualities in the world, the cup of coffee can make anyone proud. But after having the cup of coffee, if it is informed that the coffee beans were extracted from the poop of a civet (a catlike animal of Central Africa), all the refreshment of the coffee might get lost. Sounds unbelievable, but true!
Kopi Luwak or civet coffee is a variety of coffee beans that has been digested once by an Asian Palm Civet and is extracted from its poops. Fermentation of the beans takes place inside the civet’s stomach. The digested coffee beans are collected from the droppings of the civet and are roasted finely.
The origin of civet coffee lies in the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra and its production started in the 1980s. The rising demand of this variety of coffee has made it to be harvested in some other parts of the world too. One cup of Kopi Luwak might cost $20 to $65.