India which is Asia’ third largest producer and exporter of coffee has started producing the world’s most expensive coffee made from cat poop. It’s being manufactured on a small scale in Coorg district of Karnataka. The coffee is called Civet coffee prepared from the poop of Civet cat.
Also known as Kopi Luwak, the world’s most expensive coffee has its origin in Indonesia. The price of the coffee ranges from Rs 8,000 per kg in India and Rs 20,000 to 25,000 per kg in other European countries. The method of preparation of this coffee contributes to its high rise prices. It is produced from excreted coffee beans. The main ingredient is the Arabian coffee. The Asain palm civet eats the skin of coffee beans which undergo fermentation as they pass through the civet’s intestine and experience acidic and enzymatic treatment. The fermented beans are then collected along other fecal matter and separated.
A Karnataka based start-up firm, Coorg Consolidated Commodities (CCC) has intiated to manufacture this luxury coffee on a small scale. The coffee is being sold locally under the brand name Animane at Club Mahindra Madikeri Resort which is the only outlet selling locally produced coffee, spices and other products.
Narender Habber, one of the founders of Coorg Consolidated Commodities claims that the company’s method of preparation of coffee is different from the traditional one. The coffee plantations are located close to the forests from where the civet cats come to eat the coffee beans cherries. The purpose is to encourage naturally produced coffee unlike other countries where the civet cats are ceged and forcefully fed with coffee beans.