From poo to expensive brew Kopi luwak, anyone?

The omnivorous civet is a nocturnal predator, and feeds on fruits, berries and small birds. Civets are said to pluck and consume coffee berries at night, and discharge the faeces at intervals just before dawn. Farmers say it is easy to spot a civet's stool, which resembles the tubes of soggy nuts found in a nutty-rich chocolate bar, and smells like raw chocolate. The stools are collected, rinsed and the beans separated, sun-dried, roasted and ground into powder -- this is kopi luwak, or civet coffee, the most expensive coffee in the world, with the beans fetching a price of up to US$1,000 (RM3,100) per kilogramme. Civet coffee originated from Indonesia during the Dutch occupation. Records show the Dutch introduced the premium arabica coffee as a cash crop in Sumatra and Java, but prevented the native farmers from plucking the berries for their own consumption. To fulfil th...

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