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The Bucket List Coffee

Sumatran Kopi Luwak
By the Caffeine Cowboy

  I had an entertaining few days with some plantation owners from Indonesia at the Seattle Specialty Coffee Association Convention. I made friends with several gentlemen who produced Kopi Luwak along with their traditional coffee crop.
  Their plantations are large and secluded. Their crops are highly graded coffees even without the help of the wild civet cats that raid their fruit.
  They gather enough from their own surrounding forest to be considered a significant amount. Because of this, they can guarantee the coffee from the cherry to sellable beans.

 This is not the same all over. There are thousands of small batch growers who only gather enough to sell to a cooperative buyer.  In this case, the seeds are not uniform, they come from various varieties of coffee, and all ranges of ripeness.
  These co-ops make up the largest suppliers for this prized coffee processed by a nocturnal Raccoon-like, Lemur related fruit-eating machine, the Luwak.
  I would not call this a bad product but it’s certainly the second tier to the purist. 

Sumatran Batak Kopi Luwak will take you to my direct source.
  The purist wants to know where the bean was grown, what altitude it grew at, what was the seed stock, how does the base crop rate out, and who is accountable. 
 Third tier Luwak would be that coffee produced by feeding caged Luwaks with only cherries during harvest and forcing out as much product as they can during the growing season. 
  This is a prominent and growing practice in some countries and Robusta cherries are used to turn a coffee that is the cheapest on the market into the most expensive! The coffee is infinitely inferior.
  How many other crops if any, can you feed to birds or beast and make a fortune by selling the by-product!  They should at least put those animals up in luxury digs! Consider this: that Robusta might have normally have sold for $1 per lb! However, as much as can be eaten by Luwaks and discharged now might bring from $50 to $100 to unsuspecting buyers.
  The final and lowest tiers are those that only use a small amount of the true Luwak coffee and blend it with whatever they want to create a profile.

As I bring you great coffees from around the world, I don’t know which ones you will love, not care for, or truly enjoy for specific pairings or occasions. Try Flor de Colombia, or Pearls of Sheba, or Mystical Blue Maui.  Who am I to know what flavors, character, and content rings your bells. 
What I can do is purchase clean distinguished coffees that can be compared and enjoyed like fine wines.
You might absolutely love Kopi Luwak. It is truly special. I can promise that if you are a coffee lover, you will appreciate the big body, depth, and range of delicate flavors. I know that our Kopi will be a distinguishing and adventurous taste of coffee at its best.
Check this culinary treat off your personal Bucket List. Sharing it with your coffee loving friends will send them off with a singularly memorable experience.
One of my great pleasures has become sharing this coffee and its story!
Good Luwak, Bad Luwak? 
Very few places sell Luwak in the U.S. But because of social media culinarians and many world travelers, the experience is demanding attention. Selling for averages of up to $30-$50 per cup at the most exclusive restaurants and hotels, it is truly a Bucket List item for the coffee/wine enthusiast. If you are going to pay for the most expensive, exotic, and exclusive coffee in the world, you really want to know where it was grown when it was roasted, who roasted it, packed it, and delivered it to you.

Naugan Simanungkalit, Bean Broker
The Caffeine Cowboy solemnly swear that I will:
Buy private stock of Kopi Luwak from certified plantations growing only the highest grade of Arabica.
I will personally attend the manicure, roast, and packaging. I will sell only to direct consumers with limited purchase ceilings for all
Because of the rarity I must impose maximums per month, per customer including restaurants and other food services.
  Kopi Luwak is a delicately balanced mixture of the same coffee varietal bean. The certified beans are flown directly to Dallas from Sumatra. We hand manicure the beans before and after roasting.
  The roasting process includes a combination of specific roasting temperatures and timing to bring you a memorable and symphonic experience. No filler coffees will be used to dilute your adventure nor my reputation!
  We only have a limited allotment each year for U.S. consumption.

- J.B. Blocker is a media consultant based in Collin County in North Texas. Advertise with J.B. by calling 469-334-9962.

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