Minggu, 10 Oktober 2010

No coffee in the world is in such short supply as Kopi Luwak

TautanNo coffee in the world is in such short supply, has such unique flavors and an interesting background as Kopi Luwak. And no coffee even comes close in price: Kopi Luwak sells for $75 per quarter pound.

Kopi (the Indonesian word for coffee) Luwak comes from the islands of Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi (formerly Celebes), which are part of the Indonesian Archepelago's 13,677 islands (only 6,000 of which 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 part of the sibet family. Long regarded by the natives as pests, they climb among the coffee trees eating only the ripest, reddest coffee cherries. Who knows who first thought of it, or how or why, but what these animals eat they must also digest and eventually excrete.

Locals gathered the beans, which come through the digestion process fairly intact, still wrapped in layers of the cherries' mucilage. The enzymes in the animals' stomachs, though, appear to add something unique to the coffee's flavor through fermentation.

Japan buys the bulk of Kopi Luwak, but M.P. Mountanos is the first in the United States to bring in this exotic bean

Richard Karno, former owner of The Novel Cafe in Santa Monica, California, got a flyer from Mountanos about Kopi Luwak and "thought it was a joke." But Karno was intrigued, found it it was for real, and ordered a pound for a tasting. Karno sent out releases to the local press inviting them to a cupping. When no one responded, he roasted it and held a cupping for himself and his employees.

Karno is very enthusiastic, a 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 jungle-like green, but it roasts up real nice.
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Minggu, 16 Mei 2010

enlargeBrewing Luwak Coffee

enlargeBrewing Luwak Coffee

Brewing this specialty coffee is not too much different than any other coffees. The Italian-made espresso machines most likely deliver the best result to enjoy this coffee. The crema (the rich golden layer on the top of fresh brewed espresso) presents the hint of caramel when you taste this Luwak coffee.

For most coffee lovers, the taste is not comparable with other coffees. Not a single hint of bitterness with a delicious sweet taste coating in your mouth at the end. However, the result may vary depending on the type of espresso machine/drip coffee maker that you are using and the water temperature.

Each 4oz bag of Luwak Coffee beans is enough to make exactly ten shots of espresso (23 grams per shot) or approximately 12 cups of regular black coffee.

Always grind the right portion of coffee beans upon brewing. Do not grind more that what you are going to use at the time, because coffee grounds lose their aroma very quickly.


Coffee Recipe: How to make a perfect Latte at home

How to make a perfect cup of Caramel Latte?


* 8oz liquid evaporated milk

* two shots caramel topping, plus additional topping, for drizzle

* two tablespoons kopi Luwak Coffee beans (Arabica NOT Robusta) or Premium Sumatra Coffee beans (Arabica) for making 2 shots espresso. IMPORTANT: Robusta coffee is best for making black coffee only!

Step by step:

1. Place 2 shots caramel toping on the bottom of 16oz mug.

2. Make 2 shots of espresso into the cup.

3. Mix well the caramel and espresso

4. Steam evaporated milk in a small froth milk stainless container.

5. Carefully pour the milk into the cup. Spoon the milk foam on the top.

6. Thinly drizzle foam with caramel topping, use your creativity to create a decorative drizzle.

Now you can enjoy a perfect cup of Caramel Latte!

Created by Luwak Coffee Specialty In House Barista.

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