***A Special Notice to Our Patrons*** At the Funnel Mill, we have known about the mistreatment of the Luwak civet cat in many countries and many farms. We pride ourself in protecting animals while providing the best coffee experience possible. This is why we have researched our suppliers before ever buying from them. We make sure the bean is harvested naturally and not by force-feeding or caging the animals that create this superb coffee effect. Recently the media has finally started to bring much needed attention to the abuse that occurs at other farms, mostly in non-Indonesian countries. While the public is learning about this abuse, it will take time for everyone to know the difference between farms and we applaud the efforts to protect these animals. We hope that all coffee shops will put forth the effort to know where their beans are coming from.
Our Kopi Luwak comes from the Indonesian island of Sumatra, an area well-known for its excellent coffee. Also native to the area is a small civet-like animal called a Paradoxurus. That's the scientific name, but the locals called them Luwaks. These little mammals live in the trees and one of their favorite foods is the red, ripe coffee cherry. They eat the cherries, beans and all. While the beans are in the Luwak's stomach, they undergo chemical treatments and fermentations. The beans finish the journey through the digestive system, and exit. The still-intact beans are collected from the forest floor, and are cleaned, then medium-roasted and ground just like any other coffee.
The resulting coffee is said to be like no other. It has a rich, heavy flavor with hints of caramel and chocolate. Other terms used to describe it are earthy, aromatic, sweet and exotic. The body is almost syrupy and it is probably the smoothest coffee known to mankind.
One must wonder about the circumstances that brought about the first cup of Kopi Luwak coffee. Who would think to (or even want to) collect and roast beans out of animal feces? Perhaps a native figured it was easier to collect the beans from the ground this way, rather than having to work harder and pick them from the trees? We will likely never know. But because of the strange method of collecting, there is not much Kopi Luwak produced in the world. The average total annual production is only around 100-pounds of beans.
Because of the rarity of this coffee, the price is quite outrageous. The current cost for a pound of Kopi Luwak is around $1,000.00 USD or more. Some other adventurous coffee houses are selling it for $ 120.00+ by the cup. The coffee is so spectacular that it's truly worth that amount of money. After all, you are paying for the experience of enjoying such an unusual and rare delicacy.