Luwak Coffee – the most expensive in the world of coffee from Vietnam

Luwak Coffee in Vietnam – is a kind of “zest” of the country, intriguing the minds of coffee gourmets. The most expensive coffee in the world is produced here, in a poor country in South-East Asia.

But let’s talk about everything in order. Agree, for those who have not been to Vietnam, this country is associated with anything, but not with an invigorating drink. And, seeing the allegations that they are growing and preparing excellent coffee, I immediately want to check this information.

A bit of pleasant statistics

Vietnam ranks first in the world for the production of coffee. Yes, the leading Brazil is now in the second position. Where did the Vietnamese have this wonderful drink? Like the love for baguette, from the French. It was they who brought coffee beans to the country for the first time in 1857.

And today, Vietnamese just love coffee. By the way, tourists also do not lag behind them and start their day with a cup of coffee with ice. Yes, yes, it’s cold. Do not be surprised! This is one of the local features. Be sure to try it! In Vietnam, there are two main varieties of coffee beans: robusta and arabica. Robusta is more popular, but both these varieties are often mixed together in different proportions. And each manufacturer has its own secrets, starting with the degree of roasting, ending with the addition of various special ingredients.

And now let’s go to the legendary sort of luwak.

What is special about it?

The second common name for this type of coffee is Kopi Luvak. He is considered one of the most valuable and unique in the world. And every coffee drinker heard about this drink, even if he had not yet tried it. Delicious gourmets say: elite, premium, with a soft unique taste, with notes of caramel, with a delicate aroma of chocolate and vanilla, finally, the most expensive in the world …

Copi Luvak for sale
One cup of this coffee in Dalat cafe, for example, costs about 700 rubles.

How here there is no desire to taste! But first I would like to know what kind of “elite beast” is. And yes, further our narration will go mainly about animals. More precisely, about small fluffy animals. “What does the coffee?” – you ask. Yes, it’s true, it’s hard to imagine that animals can do it. But it really is. However, without the help of specially trained people, this was not done either.

“Elite beast”, or the main secret of the famous variety

Musangi animal - producer Kopi Luvak
Musangi – producers of famous coffee

So, meet – a wonderful animal with unusual names musang, civet or palm marten. It is in this animal and in the unusual production technology, and not in the sort of coffee beans, lies the main secret and uniqueness of the famous lover.

Amazing civets eat berries from coffee plantations. But only their flesh is digested, and the grains go out naturally along with the droppings. And specially trained personnel carefully collects, rinses and dries raw materials to create an exclusive beverage. But we hasten to assure you that excrement does not affect the coffee beans themselves. No unpleasant smell, but exactly the opposite. Otherwise, who would drink it, and even at an elite price?

The main value of these Vietnamese animals is that in their stomach coffee beans are subjected to special fermentation. And from them the bitterness that is characteristic of grains goes away.

Therefore, the famous Vietnamese coffee lover and has such a subtle and unique taste.

Do you want a legend in the best traditions of Asia?

Narrative of how surprisingly the amazing properties of coffee lyubov were discovered.

Zverek musang
It is believed that musangs choose only the most delicious grains.

A terrible misfortune befell one peasant family: wild Musangs completely ate a crop of ripe grains for sale. But the Vietnamese miraculously discovered not digested grain and were able to get coffee from the feces of animals. Extreme poverty forced the peasants to wash this find and, frying, put it on sale as regular coffee. And great was their surprise, because it was incredibly delicious taste!

How to make coffee lover today?

Nowadays it is not easy and expensive to produce exclusive coffee from the feces of animals. The cost of coffee lover, which is collected in the wild, is the highest. The search for and collection of grains under these conditions is very complicated. Therefore, whole farms appeared in Vietnam, where animals are specially bred and give them plenty to eat ripe coffee berries. However, this process also requires significant financial costs, as well as heavy farm labor. All raw materials, which appeared from the digestive tract of the animal, are collected by hand, and then each grain is carefully washed and only then dried.

How to brew the lover correctly?

In many countries, coffee is brewed in the Turks, and modern coffee makers and coffee machines are also used. In Vietnam, these methods are not common.

Vietnamese tea pots, condensed milk and ice.
Vietnamese tea pots, condensed milk and ice.

Before trying a lover, however, like any other variety, you need to do the following traditional ritual:

  • You need a so-called fin. This device is somewhat reminiscent of a mini-drop type drip. It consists of a small metal cup with holes at the bottom, a round saucer, also with holes, a kind of press and a lid.
  • Put on a mug first a flat saucer, and then the glass itself.
  • Pour a small amount of coffee into the glass. We need to leave room for water.
  • Put the press on top, but do not press hard.
  • Pour hot water, cover with a lid.
  • Wait until the drop by drop of fragrant contents of the cup will not be in the mug.
  • Drink and enjoy!
Of course, it is possible to brew coffee in a more conventional way, but for a full sense of all the magic of the Vietnamese drink, we recommend observing the local technology.

As we already mentioned above, in Vietnam coffee is traditionally served with ice, if desired, condensed milk is added. Chilled green tea is also brought along with it. These are the local traditions!

For a better sense of taste, we recommend tasting without sugar. At least to begin with. And most importantly, take your time, imagine that the moment has stopped! This is what the Vietnamese are doing – they sit for a long time in a coffee house, absolutely in no hurry.

Where to buy in Vietnam?

Buy coffee in Vietnam is not difficult, because it is a favorite drink of the local population and tourists. As in many other resort cities, coffee in Nha Trang is sold in small shops, as well as in specialized stores. And the range is amazing. Different varieties, ground and in beans – choose to your taste. Almost everywhere when buying coffee beans by weight, if desired, it is crushed directly with you, and then beautifully packaged. And you can not just sniff in a luring coffee aroma, but also arrange a real tasting right on the spot. And without any fear that the purchased variety will not be to taste. First try, then buy! In supermarkets, you can buy coffee, too, but as a rule, the choice there is not very rich.

Read more about shopping in our articles:

  • Shopping centers in Nha Trang ;
  • The markets of Nha Trang .

Coffee Prices

A jar of elite coffee
The price for Luwak Coffee comes to 1200 dollars per kg.
In the Vietnamese town of Dalat, such coffee can be found for 250,000 dong for a glass.
In other countries, the price for this coffee ranges from $ 250 to $ 1,200 per kg.

How much does coffee cost? The question is quite frequent, but it is not easy to answer it. There are a lot of manufacturers, varieties are also diverse. And the price for products of the same brand, albeit insignificantly, may differ, depending on the specific place of purchase. But do not worry, you will definitely choose your brand, which will be ideal for the price-quality ratio. Do not come across such a tourist who would not bring coffee from Vietnam – for love of a drink or simply as a souvenir.

And if you have long wanted to try an exclusive coffee lover, you may have to spend a little. However, imagine how bright the moment will be when, in a gloomy autumn morning, its stunning aroma, albeit for a moment, will bring you back to sunny Vietnam.

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