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    Kopi Luwak Price.

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    My Daughter-in-law was over in Bali for a wedding last weekend and kindly bought me some roasted Kopi Luwak.

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    Kopi Luwak Price.

    Better drink it quick before it goes stale!

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    Kopi Luwak Price.

    My Daughter-in-law was over in Bali for a wedding last weekend and kindly bought me some roasted Kopi Luwak.






    I weighed the contents of the packet and found that it contained 90 grams of really nice looking coffee. The 90 grams of Kopi Luwak cost $35.00 AUD. That equates to $389.00 dollars a kilo.

    I have tasted many better coffees bought from BeanBay. Just imagine how much coffee you could buy from BeanBay for $389.00.

    Edited.....Sorry about the double post I hit the reply send/post button too soon.

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    Trust that the civets enjoyed the wedding as much as the guests did...

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    What can you say about the taste?

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    Hmmmmm, I didn't buy the Kopi Luwak, it was given to me as a gift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gilkatho View Post
    What can you say about the taste?
    Nothing special. Jamaican Blue Mountain would leave it for dead.

    Now I know there are going to be folks that say JBM is nothing special either. However, I roast the roast many different coffees at a time and we drink them randomly and my wife is the coffee maker so I never know what I'm getting served up, but, there is only one coffee that stands out for me and that is JBM.

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    firstly we need to remember that a gift was given...the thought is exemplary and without fault.secondly, the price is the price.thirdly, what its like is immaterial, it is what it is and I dont think the price is a reflection of taste, it is a reflection of the unusual nature of the supply. fourthly, the character of the coffee is unusual. I think it has "value" in unusual nature of th supply. People buy it because it is unusual, not on the basis of its quality in the usual confines of what constitutes a good coffee.Enjoy it for what it is, and I think your daughter in law should be commended in the context of her trying to buy a gift fitting of a "coffeesnob".

    a perfect example of "its the thought that counts".
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    Quote Originally Posted by TOK View Post
    firstly we need to remember that a gift was given...the thought is exemplary and without fault.secondly, the price is the price.thirdly, what its like is immaterial, it is what it is and I dont think the price is a reflection of taste, it is a reflection of the unusual nature of the supply. fourthly, the character of the coffee is unusual. I think it has "value" in unusual nature of th supply. People buy it because it is unusual, not on the basis of its quality in the usual confines of what constitutes a good coffee.Enjoy it for what it is, and I think your daughter in law should be commended in the context of her trying to buy a gift fitting of a "coffeesnob".

    a perfect example of "its the thought that counts".
    Exactly....

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    Except that the thought came from it being a highly priced coffee, which came because it was supposedly an exceptional coffee.
    I would be thankful for the gift, but still not happy that someone wasted their money buying Kopi Luwak for me.

    Stepping backwards through the above, it was supposed to be exceptional coffee because the wild animals only ate the ripest and best quality beans, in additional to the fact that they've been through the animal's gut, which made it rare and high quality which justified the high price.

    Modern Kopi Luwak coffee is force fed to animals locked in cages and is a deplorable practice which doesn't even produce the quality that it is meant to have, and should not be encouraged.

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    Taco, I'm pretty sure that is common knowledge with most CoffeeSnobbers.

    I don't know if there is anymore true natural Kopi Luwak or is it all from civets in cages like battery hens.

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    Took your label from fantasy land to reality :-)

    While your SIL bought a well-meaning and thoughtful present, the unfortunate reality for the caged civets is that if every tourist buys a bag for the novelty value, the industry is perpetuated.

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    It's not "my label".

    I did not buy this coffee.

    It was my DIL not SIL.

    Please read again what I asked.... [QUOTE I don't know if there is anymore true natural Kopi Luwak or is it all from civets in cages like battery hens. ][/QUOTE]

    I too don't like the idea of civets being placed in cages.

    I only created this thread to talk about the PRICE of the coffee, nothing else, look at the name of the thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TOK View Post
    firstly we need to remember that a gift was given...the thought is exemplary and without fault.secondly, the price is the price.thirdly, what its like is immaterial, it is what it is and I dont think the price is a reflection of taste, it is a reflection of the unusual nature of the supply. fourthly, the character of the coffee is unusual. I think it has "value" in unusual nature of th supply. People buy it because it is unusual, not on the basis of its quality in the usual confines of what constitutes a good coffee.Enjoy it for what it is, and I think your daughter in law should be commended in the context of her trying to buy a gift fitting of a "coffeesnob".

    a perfect example of "its the thought that counts".
    Great post in what's since become a heated thread, kudos!

    The other point to make is that there is very little chance of it being from a Civit anyway, they sell many tonnes more than amount that could be produced by every Civit in the country so typically any roasted bean is sold as Kopi Luwak because it commands such a high price.

    Enjoy your coffee experience and congrats on having such a thoughtful daughter in law.

    Oh, and just to go back on topic....

    Damn, that's expensive considering there were no freight charges included in that!
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    I'll also note that the label makes no claim to actually be Kopi Luwak, it just uses the word Luwak as a brand name with a picture of a Civet.
    The only claim is that it is "Original High Class Coffee" and an "Organic Natural Agro Product"

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    Yeah, no sign of the word Kopi, however, I'm pretty sure that is their word for coffee.

    It's all gone now.

    Anyway, I just dug the packet out of the bin and took a photograph of the reverse side...




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    I can confirm kopi = coffee and luwak = civet, some even comes with certificate of authenticity, a novelty beverages, never tasted it to comment on tasting notes though

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    Interesting.. The back say coffee is described as "Earthy, Must, Exotic".. Not the kind of characteristics I would be looking for in a coffee but seems to be spot on based on other reviews.

    Divey, did you find the coffee similar to any other SO's you have tried?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggoosen View Post
    Interesting.. The back say coffee is described as "Earthy, Must, Exotic".. Not the kind of characteristics I would be looking for in a coffee but seems to be spot on based on other reviews.

    Divey, did you find the coffee similar to any other SO's you have tried?
    No, it certainly is not similar to any single origin that I have tried, the beans were a lovely looking bean, nice and plumpish and were roasted to about a CS8. As my wife said, "That's a bit disappointing, the coffee is a bit 'nothingy' although rather smooth". I agreed with her. It is a strange watery mild coffee, very hard to explain but not something I would be rushing out to buy.



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