How about starting the day with the world’s most expensive coffee? Doesn’t it sound yummy at a cost? Coffee-lovers can now rejoice with the aromatic smell of coffee but at a price. The world’s most expensive coffee is being produced by none other than Asia’s third-largest producer and exporter of coffee, India. The name of this coffee is Civet coffee, also called Luwak coffee.
WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE COFFEE
The World’s Most Expensive Coffee is produced on a small scale in Coorg district of Karnataka.
Civet – Isn’t the name familiar but somewhere else? YES! Hope you got that, Civet coffee is made from the Poop of the Civet Cat. Produced from the coffee beans digested by the civet cat, this coffee is expensive because of its uncommon method of production. The feces of this cat is collected, processed and sold.
The high price of the coffee is due to its nutritional facts and the expense in sourcing the animal dropping, wastage during processing and quality certification. Civet coffee, sold for ₹ 20,000-25,000 Per kg abroad is consumed in the Gulf Nations and Europe. However, it is sold at ₹ 8,000 per kg in India.
Karnataka is the country’s largest coffee-growing state. Coorg Consolidated Commodities (CCC) is a startup firm which is making the luxurious coffee on a small scale.
Narendra Hebbar, One of the Founders of CCC said,
Initially, 20 kg of civet coffee was produced. After establishing the start-up firm, 60 kg was produced in 2015-16 and 200 kg last year. We hope half a tonne production from the new crop to be harvested from October.
CCC said that it is planning to open a café locally to serve the exotic coffee. At the moment, there is only one outlet at Club Mahindra Madikeri Resort that sells locally produced coffee, spices and other products. The coffee is being sold under the brand Ainmane in the country.
Hebbar said that the animal poop comes from the plantations located close to the forest where civet cats come to eat the ripest coffee bean cherries. He said,
Civet cat eats the flesh of the coffee cherries and not the bean. Natural enzymes in civet’s stomach enhances the bean flavor and that’s why this coffee is unique.
Unlike other countries where civet cats are caged and forcefully fed with the coffee beans, Hebbar and his company produce the coffee in its natural form.
Currently, they are not looking to export because of its high certification cost compared to low production levels.