Although this coffee is known for a long time in Southeast Asia, it only became widely known after publications in the 1980's. Civet coffee is the most expensive coffee in the world.

Luwak kopi - civet coffee - Ijen Plateau

The discovery of Kopi Luwak

The origin of Kopi Luwak is closely connected with the history of coffee production in Indonesia. In early 18th century the Dutch established the cash-crop plantations in Indonesia on the islands of Java and Sumatra. During the era of the "Cultuurstelsel" (1830—1870), the Dutch prohibited the native farmers and plantation workers to pick coffee fruits for their own use. Soon the natives learned that certain species of musang or luwak (Asian Palm Civet) consumed these coffee fruits, yet they left the coffee seeds undigested in their droppings. The natives collected these luwak's droppings. Cleaned, roasted and grind it to make a coffee beverage. The fame of aromatic civet coffee spread from locals to Dutch plantation owners and soon became their favorite. Yet because of its rarity and unusual process, the civet coffee was even in colonial times expensive.