Kopi Luwak Arabica Medium Roast
|Keperra, Queensland, Australia
Intense, low-toned aroma with semi-sweet chocolate, crisp nut (walnut?) and hints of cedar and clay. In the cup fullish body, muted acidity, and a continued intense presence with complex chocolate, walnut and earth notes. A rather heavy astringency when the cup is hot softens as it cools.
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 illustrated answers to most questions about kopi luwak. This coffee is roasted considerably darker than the typical medium roast, but the darker roast style may suit the coffee, rounding and consolidating some of the unorthodox flavor notes. Apparently coffee orders are custom roasted based on customer brewing method and preference. Visit www.animalcoffee.com for more information.
Who Should Drink It
Hard to say how much the costly luwak contribution adds to a cup that is different from the typical Sumatra but not startlingly so.
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This review originally appeared in the December, 2007 tasting report: Exotic Procedures in Far Places: Aged, Monsooned and Luwaked Coffees