Yep, I went for it - the much spoken about Luwak coffee or Kopi Luwak in Balinese.
I remember reading a Guardian article a few months ago about the hype around this particular type of coffee and feeling quite angry at the industry that sells these. In short, Kopi Luwak is: forest animal luwak eats the ripest coffee cherries, poos them out, those get picked up, cleaned, and processed into coffee beans. The appeal seems to be simply the rarity and novelty of drinking, err, poo beans. That’s also the only reason I drank it in Bali - it’s interesting.
I believe that this coffee is very controversial, and I am totally against the idea of exporting it for mass distribution. It’s too unrealistic to maintain the quality that it must’ve once had when it started over 20 years ago… Anyway, I drank it from a small coffee stall in the market place, where they claimed that they sourced it from wild luwaks instead of caged ones. I really hope that it’s true.
I’m not an expert in coffee, but the taste was a little sour and quite frankly not much different to normal coffee. I was tempted to buy a pack of the beans to take home, but then I thought, it’s just for the novelty factor, and ideally I don’t want to support this industry. Kind of crazy too that it was only around £7 and you’d get a free Bali coffee pack, too.
In sum, from a non-coffee expert, it was alright, but no need to get too excited about poo poo coffee especially if it harms these cute animals.