Kopi Luwak Coffee

From the coffee plantation to your cup, in photos

Peasants collect red coffee beans by hand on the plantations. (Photo: UletIfansasti/GettyImages)
The farmers carefully select the best coffee beans by hand. (Photo: Ulet Ifansasti/GettyImages)
The best coffee beans, ready to be served as a meal to the civet. (Photo: UletIfansasti GettyImages)
The civet, a small animal similar to the raccoon or the weasel, is the main protagonist in the Kopi Luwak production process. (Photo: Ulet Ifansasti/GettyImages)
A group of civets are fed coffee beans during the complex kopi luwak production process. (Photo: Ulet Ifansasti/GettyImages)

To obtain the kopi luwak, the civet must be fed with the ripe fruit of the coffee plantations and, then, collect its feces to remove the already digested but still whole grains. (Photo: Ulet Ifansasti/GettyImages)
A worker cleans the feces of the civet to remove the already digested but still whole grains. (Photo: UletIfansasti/GettyImages)
The feces of the civet are collected to remove the grains already digested but still whole. (Photo: UletIfansasti/GettyImages)
Once the civet’s feces have been collected, it is carefully broken up to separate the coffee beans. (Photo: UletIfansasti/GettyImages)
The gastric juices of the civet break down the proteins that make the grains traditionally bitter and make them sweeter. (Photo: UletIfansasti/GettyImages)
A worker washes the coffee beans after they have been extracted from the civet’s feces. (Photo: UletIfansasti/GettyImages)
Once washed, the beans are dried. (Photo: UletIfansasti/GettyImages)
The coffee beans are only lightly roasted, so as not to spoil the complex flavors that have developed during the digestive process. (Photo: UletIfansasti/GettyImages)
Ready to eat: a cup of kopi luwak can cost $40 and a half-kilo bag can sell for between $100 and $400. (Photo: Don MacKinnon/GettyImages)
As rich as it is exclusive: only between 300 and 400 kilos per year of kopi luwak are produced. (Photo: DonMacKinnon/GettyImages)

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