Kopi Luwak

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Kopi Luwak, also known as civet coffee, is a unique and highly sought-after specialty coffee in the industry. It is derived from the beans of coffee cherries that have been eaten and excreted by the Asian palm civet, a small mammal found in Southeast Asia.

The digestive enzymes in the civet's stomach alter the flavor profile of the coffee beans, resulting in a distinctive taste that is often described as smooth, earthy, and less bitter. Due to the labor-intensive process of collecting the civet's droppings and the limited supply, Kopi Luwak is one of the most expensive coffees in the world.

Despite its popularity, Kopi Luwak has attracted controversy over the years due to concerns about animal welfare. The traditional method of collecting the beans involved caging and force-feeding civets but a growing number of producers now employ ethical and sustainable approaches to ensure the wellbeing of the animals.