India, Asia’s third-largest producer and exporter of coffee, has started producing the world’s most-expensive coffee. It is being made on a small scale in Karnataka’s Coorg district, from the poop of civet cat. The civet coffee, also known as luwark coffee, is expensive because of the uncommon method of producing it. It is produced from the coffee beans digested by the civet cat – the feces of the cat are then collected, processed and sold. Civet cat eats the flesh of the coffee cherries and not the bean. Natural enzymes in civet’s stomach enhances the bean flavour.
Here in the country’s largest coffee-growing State, a start-up firm, Coorg Consolidated Commodities (CCC), has made a humble beginning by making the luxury coffee on a small scale, and has also decided to open a cafe to serve the brew locally. Initially, 20 kg of civet coffee was produced. After establishing the start-up firm, 60 kg was produced in 2015-16 and 200 kg last year. Civet coffee, a drink of the elite consumed widely in the Gulf nations and Europe, is sold for 20,000-25,000/kg abroad.