Minggu, 10 Oktober 2010

kopi luwak coffee beans sells for nine dollars

Every pound of kopi luwak coffee beans sells for nine dollars, or about five times higher than the price of regular coffee beans. But the number of luwak is not that many, so it's not easy to develop this industry. One factor that decreases the amount of luwak is, this animal became a favorite food of Filipino people living in Catiyara mountainous regions. Appreciation of local residents to luwak is in terms of the delicacy of luwak meat rather than the ability of luwak to choose best coffee beans.

Kopi Luwak

Indonesia, which wants to make a kopi luwak trend, is also facing problems from luwak shrink populations. Although the development of the kopi luwak industry in Sumatra is very rapidly, they also have to face a similar threat due to the increasing number of human populations that have an impact on the high rate of deTautanforestation which allegedly could damage the habitat of luwak.

Approximately 30 families in Liwa district in the southwest of Sumatra have been in the business kopi luwak. Kurniawan is one of them. He is currently raising 102 luwak, which each month can produce 250 kg of coffee beans of kopi luwak.

Every pound of kopi luwak valued between 300 to 800 U.S dollars depending on the production year, because this type of coffee production capacity is indeed uncertain every year. Sumatra kopi luwak comes from coffee beans on luwak droppings in Sumatra, selected, dried, smell eliminated, and then processed using the oven and some other processes, resulting in a high-priced coffee with a unique flavor that is rare in the world.

Minggu, 16 Mei 2010

Kopi Luwak Coffee

Kopi Luwak Coffee GIFT BOX plus Premium Sumatra CoffeeKopi Luwak Coffee GIFT BOX plus Premium Sumatra CoffeeThe world famous Kopi Luwak Whole Coffee Beans. Product of Sumatra, Indonesia. Please note, Real Kopi Luwak comes from the island of Sumatra. (Real kopi luwak coffee can only be produced to a maximum quantity of 1,000LB/year).

These sleek and elegant boxes are created exclusively for the Luwak Coffee Special Gift Box, made from North America Black Walnut, Cherry wood, and the Great Lakes Maple hardwood.

We decided to use only the finest hardwood for its exclusive design. The natural wood color distinguishes our design from the others. We do not use stain on any of our wooden boxes. Each box shows its natural beauty and character. Absolutely gorgeous! Wood stain is usually used by the other companies to cover up the imperfection on the wood surface (which is caused by using second or third grade wood that is available in the market at a very inexpensive price).

The boxes are individually handcrafted in the United States. We selected an American artist who we knew would create a masterpiece to match the quality of coffee beans found inside the box. We proudly present Mr Odienheimer; he is an artist best known for fancy details & precision quality on his fine woodworking. His craftmanship detail is second to none compared to any street artist from Asian countries. Each box has his personal signature inside. They are all beautiful and handcrafted with great attention to detail. We know your gift recipient will be grateful to receive any of our Luwak Coffee gift boxes.

NOTE: The picture above only shows ONE of the solid wood types that we use for our exotic Luwak Coffee gift boxes. Please allow us to select one of these fine boxes for you.

Delivery time: 5-10 business days. Limited Quantity in stock.

Featured Bonus: you will receive a bag of our signature Premium Sumatra Coffee beans (medium-dark roast) with any purchase of this item.

Kopi Luwak

Kopi Luwak

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I, along with our CRITICS, would like to extend my warmest gratitude and sincerest appreciation to Oprah, Lesia and The Oprah Winfrey Show for including The Coffee Critic in their October 15th, 2003 show and featuring the rare Kopi Luwak coffee.

Everyone connected with The Oprah Winfrey Show was extremely professional, from the first conversation with Susan Schmirl to the last contact with Tom Kilty of M.P. Mountanos, Inc.

We have continually promoted Kopi Luwak, a rare and exotic coffee, which was imported for the first time by Mark P. Mountanos of M.P. Mountanos, Inc. Mark first learned about this coffee in the early 1980's. Stephen Kahl, another coffee importer, read about the Kopi Luwak in an edition of the National Geographic and discussed it with Mark, who then pursued to import it.

"Kopi" is the Indonesian word for coffee and the "Luwak" is the indigenous animal who plays an "active" role in the harvesting of the raw coffee cherries. The Luwak feasts on ripe, red coffee cherries seeking out the sweet taste of the cherry itself, wanting little to do with the parchment of the coffee. Once the Luwak eats the cherry, the parchment covered coffee beans are passed out of the Luwak, with the parchment cover still protecting the green coffee beans.

The local natives gather up the limited amount of the Luwak processed parchment coffee, remove the parchment shell, and ultimately ship it to the coffee broker.

Kopi Luwak has a very unique and distinguishable roasting smell and taste... like no other coffee.

We, at The Coffee Critic, roast this rare coffee to order, when available.

We are currently sold out of Kopi Luwak. Please click here to be notified when the new crop is available. Thank you so much.

Here's to excellence in Specialty Coffee and Tea,

Linda Nederman-Mountanos
The Coffee Critic®

Kopi Luwak
An Indonesian Island Treasure
Excerpts taken from a special article in Cafe Olé Magazine
by Chris Rubin

Some coffee varieties have earned a special reputation, often based on a combination of rarity, unusual circumstances and particularly good flavor. These coffees, from Jamaican Blue Mountain to Kona to Tanzanian Peaberry, command a premium price.

But the rarity, unique flavors and interesting background of Kopi Luwak are unlikely to be matched by an other. Its price is unmatched as well: Kopi Luwak wholesales for about $110 per pound, unroasted.

Kopi is the Indonesian word for coffee. Kopi Luwak comes from the islands of Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi (formerly Celebes), which are part of the Indonesian Archipelago's 13,677 islands. (Only 6,000 of these islands are inhabited.)

But it's not strictly the exotic location that makes these beans worth their weight in silver. It's how they're "processed."

On these Indonesian islands, there's a small marsupial called the paradoxurus, a tree-dwelling animal that is a kind of civet. These catlike animals were long regarded as pests because they would climb in the coffee trees and eat only the ripest, reddest coffee cherries.

What these animals eat, they also digest and eventually excrete. Some brazen or desperate locals gathered the beans, which come through the digestion process fairly intact, still wrapped in layers of the coffee cherry mucilage. Apparently the enzymes in the stomach of the animal add something unique to the coffee's flavor through fermentation.

This "harvesting" practice has grown to the point that the beans are now available for sale, and they are now the world's priciest specialty coffee. Japan buys the bulk of Kopi Luwak, but M.P. Mountanos Inc., the first importer in the United States to bring in this rare bean, just imported 70 kilos after a seven-year search for a reliable and stable supplier.

``It's the rarest beverage in the world", according to M.P. Mountanos President Mark Mountanos.

Richard Karno, owner of The Novel Café in Santa Monica, California, got a flyer from Mountanos' about Kopi Luwak and "thought it was a joke." But Richard was intrigued, found it was for real, and ordered a pound for a tasting.

He sent out releases to the local press and invited them to a cupping. When no one responded, he roasted it and held a cupping for himself and his employees.

Richard is a very enthusiastic convert to Kopi Luwak. "It's the best coffee I've ever tasted. It's really good, heavy with a caramel taste, heavy body. It smells musty and junglelike green, but it roasts up real nice. The Los Angeles Times didn't come to our cupping, but they ran a bit in their food section, which hit the AP wire service."

Richard and the folks at M.P. Mountanos have been inundated with calls ever since.

Mark Mountanos calls Kopi Luwak "the most complex coffee I've ever tasted," attributing this complexity to the natural fermentation it undergoes in the paradoxurus' digestive system. The stomach acids and enzymes the beans ferment in have a very different affect than fermenting beans in water.

Mark says, "It has a little of everything pleasurable in all coffees: earthy, musty tone, the heaviest bodied I've ever tasted. It's almost syrupy, and the aroma is very unique." While it won't be turning up in every neighborhood café any day soon, Mark reports that Starbucks bought some for cuppings within the company.

In fact, most of Mountanos' customers have bought it for special cuppings.

Owner of The Coffee Critic, Linda Nederman carries Kopi Luwak in her Ukiah, California, store. Linda says that most of the people who try it are longtime customers of The Critic, and they're "game to try something different and unusual. I've never had anybody complain; they all seem to feel it's worth the price."

Linda also carries Jamaica Blue Mountain, Burundi Superior AA and Brazil FVA Natural Dry, so her customers are used to fine and exotic coffees. Still, she reports, many are afraid to try Kopi Luwak.

Intrigued by the hype, I drove out to the Los Angeles warehouse of M.P. Mountanos to cup some Kopi with company broker Andrew Vournas.

The green beans, which range in size from tiny to elephant, have a faint smell that hints of a zoo or stables. He lightly roasted about 21 grams, enough for three cups, in a jabez Burns two-barrel sample roaster, a rare and beautiful machine dating from the 1930s.

Andrew gave the beans a light roast* — just after the second popping — to accentuate the specific flavors of this rare coffee; a darker roast would obliterate the subtler flavors and replace this coffee, like most Indonesians, has lots of moisture and roasts nicely.

Andrew mixed 7 grams of the coarsely ground beans with 4 ounces of water in each of three cups.

The aroma was rich and strong, and the coffee was incredibly full bodied, almost syrupy. It was thick, with a hint of chocolate, and lingered on the tongue with a long, clean aftertaste.

It was definitely one of the best cups I've every had; but at these prices, I'll invest in precious metals before I start buying by the pound.

Chris Rubin

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* NOTE: At The Coffee Critic, our roaster's recommendation and the customers' preference is a medium roast.

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