Kopi Luwak Arabica Dark Roast
|Roaster Location:||Keperra, Queensland, Australia|
|Coffee Origin:||Sumatra, Indonesia.|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||December 2007|
Blind Assessment: Intense, deep aroma: distinct dark chocolate, spicy cedar and hints of orange and nut. In the cup low in acidity but rather astringent, with a rich, attractive cocoaish chocolate. Both chocolate and astringency carry into the finish, where the shadow nut tones turn (to my palate) slightly cloying.
Notes: A version of the famous (or infamous) Kopi Luwak, the world's most expensive coffee. The beans are harvested from the feces of a species of civet cat resident in Sumatra that eats ripe coffee fruit. Animalcoffee is a direct supplier, roaster and Internet retailer of kopi luwak with offices in Sumatra and Bali, Indonesia and Australia. Its impressive website offers well-written and colorfully illustrated answers to most questions about kopi luwak. This sample was roasted considerably darker even than typical "dark roasts," but it appears to handle an extreme dark roast well, rounding but not completely losing its the unorthodox flavor notes. Visit www.animalcoffee.com for more information.
Who Should Drink It: A hearty cup for big spenders.
This review originally appeared in the December, 2007 tasting report: Exotic Procedures in Far Places: Aged, Monsooned and Luwaked Coffees