Luwak Coffee Tasting at Indonesia – Coffee or Poop?

Would you try a cuppa?

Coffee time 🙂

Lyf&Spice went coffee-tasting. Yes, we had coffee, not poop! Coffee means different things to different people. For some, it’s their dose of morning freshness, for the others it’s a concoction of inspiration. For us, Kopi Luwak was an experience!

What is it?

We had always wanted to try Kopi Luwak. In simple terms, it is the coffee obtained from the poop of a cat. The Civet cat is fed high quality coffee beans. It can’t digest these beans, so poops it out. The beans that have been acted upon (fermented) by its digestive juices (protease enzymes) are then sorted from the poop and roasted. Depending on the type of coffee bean, the roasting could last for approximately two hours or longer.

Coffee ready to get ‘separated’
Batches ready for sorting and roasting
The Civet cats

Most people find it gross, but the coffee we had was really aromatic and fulfilling!

See for yourself… 

Kopi Luwak – a virtual tour


Amit (the quiet partner of Lyf&Spice) is a black coffee lover and swears by a cuppa hot coffee every morning! With just a slurp, he was at the counter buying a packet for himself, while I had a few sips and tossed the grain of palm sugar in my mouth. Every sip that passed through that sugary cube got sweeter and more palatable. Not only was it aromatic, but toasty and woody in taste as well; although the flavour note could be quite subjective.

Fun facts:


➡The most expensive coffee in the world
➡Cat: Asian Palm Civet
➡Coffee beans attained: partly digested or undigested cherries that the cat is fed


Where: Kopi Luwak Mataram at Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Thanks to our tour guide, Didik, for suggesting this space that had civet cats, coffee processing and roasting units under one roof, and coffee packets for sale. If you want to rent a car and driver at Jogja, Indonesia, please get in touch with him here.

Approximate cost: A small cup of coffee for tasting+ a small pack of luwak coffee powder (50g) costed MYR 70 / USD 17 (rounded off)


We were really washed out after a rather adventurous, hectic day and needed something to wake us up and gear up for the long drive back to the hotel. What better way than sipping on a cup of coffee that has an interesting story associated with it, right?

Now that you know it’s coffee from poop – would you dare to try it?

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**Disclaimer: Although there are a lot of concerns raised about having civet cats caged, rather than follow them in their natural, open habitat, to collect their undigested waste; this post is written purely for the sake of understanding the process and taste of kopi luwak, and in no way encourages the caging or harming of these animals.


104 thoughts on “Luwak Coffee Tasting at Indonesia – Coffee or Poop?

  1. I’ve been wanting to try out Luwak coffee since quite some time now! I’m a coffee lover and connoisseur and I’m sure I’ll love it! Very recently they’ve also introduced it in Coorg, India! Next trip to Coorg, I’ll gonna try it!

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  2. I’m definitely a coffee person. Did you also try weasel coffee? It’s like a cheaper version of Kopi Luwak very famous in Vietnam. We actually try Kopi Luwak in Vietnam but maybe my taste buds are too simple – I couldn’t tasty any difference between Luwak and Weasel (or any other beans especially if you drink it the Vietnamese way with a dollop of sweet condensed milk) therefore I would not pay for the more expensive one. :p

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  3. I’m not a coffee drinker but am willing to try coffee from the poop of a cat haha! I will try anything! It’s fascinating to read the steps involved in this coffee making process.

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  4. I have bought kopi luwak coffee from Vietnam, when I visited a while ago but back then I had no idea the conditions the poor Civet cats are living in order for this coffee to be produced. I wouldn’t buy it again, even if I am a coffee lover. There are plenty of other great coffees that are made using no harm to animals.

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  5. I heard the coffee was really good, when I visited the plantation in Bali a few years ago. Sadly, i don’t drink coffee, but i enjoyed the experience. I hope the cat poop coffee made your day!

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  6. That’s a unique experience. I have never heard anything like that before! Thanks for letting me know about this method of coffee making. I felt a bit repulsed but then the video calmed my nerves! Thanks for sharing a unique experience

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  7. One of your adventures that I love the most, coffee which we are commonly in love with. I normally drink 4-5 cups a day and now I can surely say that I somewhat help their business. I would search kopi luwak online if they have. would love to try it.

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  8. Such an interesting read! I’m not partial to coffee but definitely a great write up. It brings about awareness to how the process actually works!

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  9. Im not a coffee person, and this just confirms that Im making the right choice by sticking to tea, hahahah! I guess you could say cat poop coffee isn’t my cup of tea! Very interesting post tho, id never heard of that!

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  10. Although I’m more of a tea person, I do indulge in hot cuppa occasionally. But this I’m not sure I would ever bring myself to try hahah. The cat poop fact would jist mess my mind and the appetite. It’s great that that you enjoyed the coffe nevertheless.

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