Weasel coffee production process
As a person who has learned about coffee, you must have heard the name weasel coffee. Weasel coffee is famous for being the most expensive coffee in the world. The secret lies in the production process that produces weasel coffee beans with a distinctive and delicious taste.
Weasel coffee is originally a normal coffee bean but is used as a food for weasel to create new coffee beans with a delicious taste. Specifically, the ferrets will eat coffee beans with their shells intact, after the coffee beans enter the weasel’s stomach, they will not be digested but will ferment and excrete with its feces.
Many people when reading here will feel that this coffee is somewhat unhygienic because it comes out with weasel droppings. But according to research, coffee beans in the ferret’s belly will not decompose, so no bacteria can penetrate inside. Moreover, after harvesting, the coffee beans will be cleaned according to a professional process. Make sure your coffee arrives safe and clean.
Weasel coffee was discovered by chance during the Dutch colonial period. At that time, Indonesians were banned from exploiting coffee for personal purposes, which led to the ripe coffee cherries falling full of sugar, and the smart-mouthed weasel chose the best coffee berries to eat. During the observation process, people here found that, when eating coffee beans, weasel will excrete coffee beans again but lose the outer shell.
After many observations and experiments, the people of Indonesia decided to take coffee beans from weasel waste, wash, roast and mix and produce weasel coffee. In Indonesia, this coffee is called Kopi luwak.
What does mink coffee taste like and why is it so expensive?
When processing coffee from the excreta of weasel, people can’t help but be surprised by its taste. Coffee made from weasel waste has a very special taste, when taken into the mouth, weasel coffee has a mild bitter taste, easy to drink, even weasel coffee also gives an aftertaste similar to the smell of chocolate or caramel.
However, it must be said that natural mink coffee is very limited, because it also depends on the interest of weasel with coffee, so later on, people decided to raise ferrets and feed them coffee beans to have a source of weasel coffee. active. They get to eat the best coffee berries, ripe to start secreting the seeds. It is known that it takes about 10kg of fresh coffee to produce 1kg of weasel coffee.
To separate the coffee beans from the manure, people begin to dry them. After drying, the coffee beans are scrubbed clean and then dried in the sun to kill bacteria. The whole process is done carefully, closely and professionally to harvest quality coffee beans that meet food safety and hygiene standards.
Finally, the coffee beans, after being cleaned, are manually roasted to smell like any other coffee. But especially weasel coffee beans have a unique and delicious flavor that no other coffee can match.
It is because of the sophisticated process and special flavor that the price of weasel coffee is quite expensive. It is known that a kilogram of weasel coffee can range from 600 USD – 3000 USD. However, because the price is so expensive, some people take advantage of the ferrets to eat a lot, eat continuously, leading to the natural intestinal enzymes of this animal being damaged, even causing death. Therefore, although famous for being a coffee with a special flavor, weasel coffee is also considered as one of the forms of food processing that is not friendly to the environment and nature.
Currently, in addition to Indonesia, which is the country that discovered and gave birth to weasel coffee, some provinces in the Central Highlands of Vietnam also exploit this type of coffee. A pack of natural weasel coffee weighing about 250 grams costs more than 9 million VND.