by Jonny Blair
I’m a travelling Northern Irishman who likes a good pint of Guinness but earlier this year I had the chance to sample the world’s rarest coffee! Swapping Guinness for coffee is a good idea sometimes!
So where does the world’s rarest coffee come from? Well as a traveller you quickly learn that everywhere advertises and promotes themselves as “the world’s best”, “the world’s highest”, “the world’s cheapest” etc. so to be honest I normally take no notice of such things. Singapore is a city renowned for exaggerating stuff and quite frankly on my few trips there it has made me cringe the amount of things they claim to be the world’s best or the world’s first.
First things up – it comes from Indonesia. I found it while doing a tour of a coffee plantation in Bali – the coffee plantation is near to lots of rice fields in a hilly area called Munduk. On the coffee tour we came across an odd looking creature called a Luwak Fox. This was housed in a cage and to be honest looked like a scary, bizarre mix between a cat, fox, dog and wolf!! Why am I telling you about a fox? Because this fox requires red coffee beans to survive and it’s a rare breed…
Right where do I start? The Luwak Fox eats coffee beans and they then come out of its ass. They use these digested and excreted beans to make the special Luwak Coffee. Really? Yes its the excretion of a Luwak Fox!! I couldn’t quite believe it but it had to be tried!!
We tried an alcoholic version of it, as if you’re paying a lot for a cup of coffee, you might as well take the bonus of it coming with alcohol.
The Luwak coffee can be tried all over Bali and Indonesia, and of course is also exported. We went to a cafe called Kubu Kopi but there are a few around. Your driver will more than likely take you to a coffee plantation if you do a day tour of northern Bali. It’s not touristy to try the Luwak coffee – so if you want to try it – make sure he takes you there. It’sin Munduk, so another option is to stay in Munduk itself.
A menu arrives complete with a picture of the Luwak Fox in behind, just to tempt you even more. The special Luwak Coffee costs 85,000 Indonesian Rupiah (which today is about $8.2 US Dollars) so actually not as bad as you’d think considering it’s the world’s rarest. So after all that fuss, was the world’s rarest coffee any good? Yes! We both loved the Luwak Coffee and would recommend it, plus it comes in an exquisite wooden cup and saucer and you can sip away with an amazing view into the fields of Bali. With not a care in the world…
Right, I’m off to get myself a coffee (a ‘normal’ granulated one). Don’t Stop Living!
Where can you get the world’s rarest coffee? – In Munduk, Bali, INDONESIA (plus its exported
So what’s it called? – Luwak Coffee
How much is it? – About 8 US Dollars a cup
What’s it made from? – Coffee bean which has been excreted from the Luwak Fox
Is it worth it? – Come on now, you only live once. And believe me I’ve wasted 8 US Dollars on plenty of worse things in my time…
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