When I get to a new country one of the first things I like to do is sample the local coffee (whilst Gaz picks up a bottle of the local beer, of course!) From Vietnamese coffee made with condensed milk to Arabica coffee in Honduras (which recently surpassed Guatemala as the largest Central American coffee producer and exporter) you can’t beat a good ‘cup of joe’.
From Espressos to Iced Lattes, the distinct aromas and flavours found in coffee make it one of the world’s most popular drinks, resulting in coffee cultivation in more than 70 countries around the world. Perhaps the most interesting of them all is the Kopi Luwak, which is readily available throughout Indonesia. It’s made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet or other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract. A civet eats the berries for their fleshy pulp. In its stomach, proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet’s intestines the beans are then defecated, keeping their shape. After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness, widely noted as the most expensive coffee in the world.
If I’m totally honest, Luwak doesn’t taste much differently to other coffee that hasn’t passed through a small animal but as the saying goes, ‘when in… Indonesia…’
If you’re a travel loving coffee fanatic check out the infographic on Cheapflights‘ ‘Around The World In 31 Coffees’ and if you’re not, you might learn a thing or two. But of course, there’s one kind of coffee you just can’t beat… any coffee with a splash of rum!
What’s your favourite coffee? Have you tried Kopi Luwak?