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Frequently Asked Questions about Kopi Luwak


What does Kopi Luwak mean? What’s the meaning of “Kopi Luwak”

“Kopi” is the indonesian word for coffee and “Luwak” is the Indonesian name for the Asian Palm Civet. In different countries there are different names for it. Generally it’s also known as Civet Coffee, Coffee Alamid (on the Philippines)  and Weasel Coffee (In Vietnam).


How is Kopi Luwak Processed?

Kopi Luwak is produced when civets eat ripe coffee cherries. Through digestion enzymes in the civets break down the protein in the coffee beans, which removes the bitterness of the coffee and increases the smoothness of Kopi Luwak.

To find out more about the production process, please watch our video here or have a look at our infographic on how Kopi Luwak is made.


What is Kopi Luwak?

Kopi Luwak is a special type of coffee also called “Civet Coffee”. It’s processed by the Asian Palm Civet. Those small cat-like creatures eat the ripest and therefore sweetest and best coffee-cherries. In their stomach proteolytic enzymes break down the protein in the coffee bean, therefore removing bitterness and harshness of the coffee. This results in a tasty, complex and smooth brew.


Why is it so important to only buy 100% Wild Kopi Luwak, like from KopiLuwakDirect.com?

Although other sources claim to sell only  Wild Kopi Luwak, it’s impossible for all them to produce such a large amount of wild civet coffee.

Many of them sell coffee produced by animals trapped in cages or artificially alter the taste, to imitate the complex taste of wild Kopi Luwak.


Why is Kopi Luwak so expensive? Why is it the most expensive coffee in the World?

Kopi Luwak Coffee is mainly so sought-after because of its unique way of producing the coffee, which gives it its unique flavor and the Limited amount available. Also, it needs a lot of labor and the harvesting process is very difficult.


Kopi Luwak Vietnam

The name in Vietnam for Kopi Luwak is “Ca phe Chon”. Literally translated it means “Weasel Coffee” and it’s mostly produced in the Vietnamese Highland region of Da Lat and Dak Lak / Buon Ma Thuot. Locals started drinking a long time ago, since collecting droppings for them was a great way to harvest ripe and delicious coffee, without having to buy it from farmers. In touristy areas in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city, lots of sellers on markets claim to sell Caphe Chon, but those are low-quality beans with added chemicals to fake the taste of real Kopi Luwak.


Kopi Luwak Indonesia

Kopi Luwak is Indonesian. Kopi means “coffee” and “Luwak” is the local word for the Asian Palm Civet. It’s mostly produced on Bali and Sumatra.


Kopi Luwak Amazon

Buying from Amazon is one of the easiest ways to buy Wild Civet Coffee from us, if you’re located in the US. It ships fast and you’ll be able to receive the coffee within days of placing your order.

If you’d like to purchase on Amazon, please visit this website.


Kopi Luwak Bali

Bali is one of the biggest Kopi Luwak producing areas. Located in Indonesia, it’s home to good coffee and Civets.


Kopi Luwak Restaurant

Only a few restaurants have Wild Kopi Luwak on their menu because of the price and the availability. Would you like to sell it in your restaurant? Please contact us for more info. Do you know restaurants that sell this special type of coffee? We’d appreciate if you could let us know, so we can create a list.


Kopi Luwak Recipe

The ideal way to brew Kopi Luwak, is just like every other speciality coffee. If you’d like to make Espresso, we recommend a ratio of 1:2. If you’d like to make pourover coffee, a ratio of 1:16 is recommended.

For further brewing instructions, please visit our site for Kopi Luwak Brewing Guides.


Kopi Luwak Retailers

There are a few select retailers, selling Wild Kopi Luwak. We have partners we work with on a regular basis. If you’re interested, please send us an email with your location, so we can send you to retailers we work with. If you’re located in the US, you may purchase our coffee on Amazon.com

If you’re interested in becoming a retailer or distributor, please contact us at support@kopiluwakdirect.com with your location and more information about the way you’d like to sell our coffee.


Sumatra Wild Kopi Luwak

Sumatra is one of the areas where Wild Kopi Luwak is produced.


Organic Wild Kopi Luwak

At Kopi Luwak Direct, we only produce organic coffee, which was processed by wild Luwaks. Instead of chemical fertilizer, which might harm the quality of coffee and the civets, we produce our own biological fertilizer. We don’t know of any other company that does that.


Kopi Luwak Roasting Profile

The ideal Roasting Profile for Kopi Luwak is a medium roast, to make sure the natural complex aroma ends up in the cup. We usually roast our coffee Medium, but we can roast lighter or darker, if the order is for 1kg of coffee or more.


Is Kopi Luwak made of Robusta or Arabica coffee?

Wild Kopi Luwak is produced by free-living Civets, therefore they choose what they eat and what not to eat. Therefore it can consist of Arabica, Robusta, and Liberica coffee, depending on which coffee cherries taste the best for the Civets. We planted high-quality Arabica coffee in the highlands of Mt.Matutum in the Philippines, therefore they mostly eat coffee cherries from arabica coffee bushes. The only way to make sure to have 100% Arabica / Robusta / Liberica coffee would be to put civets in cages and force-feed them. Since this is a horrible way to treat animals, we fight hard against that kind of manufacturers and make sure we are the only legit source for high-quality wild Kopi Luwak, directly sourced from the farmers.


Civet Coffee India

Some farmers recently starting producing Civet Coffee in India.
Unfortunately, we don’t know that much about the market there, so we can’t guarantee if the coffee there is sustainably sourced or not.


Kopi Luwak Real
Kopi Luwak on our site is 100% real, and source from wild living Civets.
Unfortunately, there are some companies, which claim to have Wild Civet Coffee, which is actually produced by keeping civets in small cages and force-feeding them coffee cherries. At our plantation, they roam around the forest freely, choosing themselves what to eat.
Also, there are some companies out there, which chemically adjust the flavor to imitate the Kopi Luwak Taste. Unfortunately, this is not a great way to reproduce the flavor.


How long does coffee last?

Green coffee can be stored for more than one year, if it’s stored the correct way (Dry and cool)
Roasted coffee can be kept for a year or longer, but the ideal timeframe to consume roasted coffee is from 3 days after the roast (Give it some time to de-gas) to about 2 months.


Is coffee a diuretic?

Even though it’s a common belief that coffee is a diuretic (Which makes you dehydrate), but this claim has been debunked. Even though coffee and other caffeine containing drinks might make you go to the bathroom more often, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to dehydrate.

So don’t worry about your coffee consumption, you’re still hydrating yourself more than you dehydrate yourself.


Cup of joe meaning?

Cup of Joe means “cup of coffee”. It’s believed that it comes from the phrase “Common Joe”, to describe a common man. Since Coffee is one of the drinks, often consumed by common men, the word “Cup of Joe” came around.


How long do coffee beans last?

Roasted coffee beans can be consumed for 1 year or longer after roasting, but the quality of taste decreases usually about 2-3 months after roasting. Coffee can be consumed for a very long time after roasting, if stored properly to avoid mould and the development of unwanted flavors.


What country does the word espresso come from?

Espresso was invented in Italy, in the early 1900s.


What’s the difference between coffee and espresso?

Espresso is a certain type of coffee brewing method. Hot water is forced by pressure through a puck of finely ground coffee beans.
The standard “Coffee”, referred to especially in North America, is brewed by a machine, which automatically pours hot water over a filter, in which people pour Ground Coffee. This usually gets collected in a pot.
The volume of Espresso is a lot smaller and therefore the flavor is more intense. The coffee-to-water ratio in espresso is also smaller, resulting in a more intense  brew.
The total caffeine content mostly depends on the amount of coffee used.


How long do green beans last?

Green coffee beans can be kept for a year or longer, if stored properly. Green coffee has to be stored in a dry way without any direct light shining on it.


How long does coffee stay fresh?

Roasted coffee beans can be consumed for 1 year or longer after roasting, but the quality of taste decreases usually about 2-3 months after roasting. Coffee can be consumed for a very long time after roasting, if stored properly to avoid mould and the development of unwanted flavors.


Does cold brew coffee have more caffeine?

Caffeine is best extracted with hot water. Cold brew coffee can be strong, because of the way it’s brewed. Usually the ratio for brewing Cold Brew is 1 part Coffee to 2 parts Water. Usually Cold brew is diluted, so it has a similar strength like brewed coffee.


Does light roast have more caffeine?

Light roasted coffee has more caffeine content by bean, because some of the caffeine fades away when roasting darker. But dark roasted coffee loses more moisture when roasting. That means some dark roasts might contain more caffeine, when weighting coffee, but light roasted coffee contains more caffeine per bean.


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