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    Hi all. I have just broken open a packet of the Kopi Luwak (Civet Cat) coffee from the southern Philippines island of Mindanao. This is the digested and collected rare bean available in parts of Indonesia and the Philippines.

    I am working with a development project that supports a community collecting the coffee beans for processing. The coffee is sold through a store in Davao City Mindanao and I brought a packet back to try (roast date 14 March). It costs about USD$20 for 125 grams, but this works out considerably cheaper than I have seen it in London and the USA. I am a little wary of giving it a burl on my little Breville even with the trusty 4080 on grinding duty, but I will take a sample to the local coffee shop tomorrow.

    Has anyone tried this before? Would there be any interest in a larger bag of green beans coming back with me next time for those roasters out there? Obviously, it needs to fit in the suitcase, but if people are interested I could probably get my hand on a small sack.

    Cheers, C.

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    Re: Kopi Luwak Coffee from Philippines


    As green beans you can only smuggle it in. Customs will not allow it.

    Our farming and livestock in Oz certainly wont want to catch what might travel with those beans!


    maybe we will see you on the next episode of "border crossing"
    ;D

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    • #3
      Re: Kopi Luwak Coffee from Philippines

      Originally posted by 2E252C2F777874400 link=1238220495/0#0 date=1238220495
      I will take a sample to the local coffee shop tomorrow
      Do you think theyll want to put coffee through their equipment thats been through a civet?

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        Re: Kopi Luwak Coffee from Philippines

        Hi you want to get in touch with Pioneer Coffee as Jason was roasting a little of this a month or so back and selling in the Cup.

        Not for me thanks BTW

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          Re: Kopi Luwak Coffee from Philippines

          Originally posted by 7659534E370 link=1238220495/1#1 date=1238222152
          As green beans you can only smuggle it in.  Customs will not allow it.

          Our farming and livestock in Oz certainly wont want to catch what might travel with those beans!


          maybe we will see you on the next episode of "border crossing"
          ;D
          Given my job is with the Federal Government, I figure I better stick with quarantine regulations! Didnt know green beans were a no go.

          In which case, only roasted beans would be on offer.

          You will be happy to know, they were declared this morning and given the all clear. I guess that means my noggin wont make it on to Border Crossing!!

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          • #6
            Re: Kopi Luwak Coffee from Philippines

            Originally posted by 774B564D474651444C47230 link=1238220495/2#2 date=1238230832
            Originally posted by 2E252C2F777874400 link=1238220495/0#0 date=1238220495
            I will take a sample to the local coffee shop tomorrow
            Do you think theyll want to put coffee through their equipment thats been through a civet?
            Given the process of cleaning and roasting the beans, they would not be any different to the numerous blends fed through the grinder every day.

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            • #7
              Re: Kopi Luwak Coffee from Philippines

              Originally posted by 5750545B53594C5C5B52350 link=1238220495/3#3 date=1238233012
              Hi you want to get in touch with Pioneer Coffee as Jason was roasting a little of this a month or so back and selling in the Cup.

              Not for me thanks BTW  
              Can attest to this - bought some myself roasted by pioneer. actually wasnt all that impressed out of the espresso machine (nice enough, but nothing special) but it came alive with the aeropress (and therefore Id guess would be good in the syphon too). still not worth the money for regular use, but Im glad I got to try it. Thanks again Jason ;D

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              • #8
                Re: Kopi Luwak Coffee from Philippines

                Originally posted by 757E77742C232F1B0 link=1238220495/5#5 date=1238241384
                Given the process of cleaning and roasting the beans, they would not be any different to the numerous blends fed through the grinder every day.
                Being a Coffee Snob, I understand that, but what I was suggesting is that the local cafe may not be as accommodating as you hope.
                Perception is a powerful argument.

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                • #9
                  Re: Kopi Luwak Coffee from Philippines

                  Last weekend I attended a cupping of Kopi Luwak in Perth, Kamran from Fiori had received 750g from a coffee broker and passed them on to Michael "Grendel to CSers" Carroll to use as a fundraiser for the Autism Support Group, the cupping was attended by 30 enthusiastic tasters who paid $30 a head for the pleasure, Michael did a great job roasting the Luwak (after much stress about turning them into charcoal) we had the Luwak in plunger form, it was low in acidity, pleasant on the palate with an earthy forrest floor hint in there, I can now boast that Ive had "cat poo coffee" but I think at the price Ill stick to Beanbay greens myself!!
                  It was a great get-together of coffee lovers and for a very good cause, well done Kam, Louise and Michael for a very special event.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Kopi Luwak Coffee from Philippines

                    I would suggest that at the $$ this stuff can command... That there is more than one supplier who is selling an inferior product.. Some may even look like true scats, but a true inspection tells the truth.. The chance to make $$$ opens many doors and provides great opportunity for some... A sucker comes into the world every minute, so they say.

                    Further more, much of the supporting documentation, would not pass 1st grade and ther promotions and contact details are all very light on.....

                    I think I could order a Certificate on line from RU and get something that looks a little better and with some level of scientific respect.

                    To the best of my knowledge there is really only ONE true authentic supplier and it only takes a little research to identify them..

                    In fact, I am intending to have a few cups of the real stuff, later this week, however that is a separate story 8-)

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