Portrait of this young girl at the garden we went to for tea & coffee tasting. They also had a variety of herbs & spices.
Kopi Luwak (pronounced [ˈkopi ˈluwaʔ]) or Civet coffee is coffee made from coffee berries which have been eaten by and passed through the digestive tract of the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) and other related civet populations. What is amazing is that arguably, the most prized arabica coffee beans are not those growing on bushes but the ones found among the undergrowth, wedged in the excrement of wild palm civets. Its these beans that produce "kopi luwak", a chocolate flavored coffee that is one of the world’s most prized and expensive brews.
Disgusting as it sounds, the civets eat the berries, but the beans inside pass through their system undigested. This process takes place on the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago, in the Philippines (where the product is called Motit Coffee in the Cordillera, or Kape Alamid in Tagalog areas) and in East Timor (locally called kafé-laku). Local lore in Vietnam has given the name "weasel coffee" to civet coffee, in what is considered the closest recognizable translation to English.
Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world, selling for between $100 and $600 USD per pound, and is sold mainly in Japan and the United States by weight, and served in coffeehouses in Southeast Asia by the cup. It is increasingly becoming available elsewhere, though supplies are limited; only 1,000 pounds (450 kg) at most make it into the world market each year.
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