Civet Coffee- The Costliest Coffee Grown In India
Fancy different flavours of coffee round the world? Well, now you can savour the taste of the most exotic civet coffee grown through traditional methods in India!
To a coffee lover, there is no right time to sip in coffee. Anytime is perfect for devouring the aromatic beverage that energizes you instantly. While you were making a -record of all the places you could go for having the best cup of drink, we present the good news that Karnataka has started producing civet coffee! India, as the third-largest producer and exporter of coffee in Asia, has more to offer than you know!
In the Coorg district of Karnataka, agriculturists have started producing civet coffee on a small scale, and that too by adapting the traditional methods of making it.
Also known as Luwak coffee, which makes it unique is its extraordinary means of producing it. You can say each bean is made to perfection and has a high nutritious value.
One would wonder why the coffee is named after a cat. Well, to your surprise, the civet has a lot to do in the choosing of the beans. The civet cat is a native of the tropical regions, and they feast on the coffee berries. But they eat only those berries that are perfectly ripe and not rotten. They digest the berries adding enzymes to it that enrich its taste, and their droppings contain the choicest of beans.
The excreta are collected and processed to eliminate the waste that makes the product highly-priced.
In the elite gulf nations and Europe, civet coffee has a huge demand and is sold as high as 20,000-25000 per kilogram.
In Karnataka, a startup firm known as Coorg Consolidated Commodities took the initiative of harvesting this luxury coffee and decided to open up an adjacent café to brew it locally. With an initial 20kg civet coffee, the company grew up to produce 200kg till 2019. Some estimates are for half a ton by the end of this year.
With the higher production, civet coffee has gained many local names like Ainmane and is even consumed domestically. With time farmers in the rural areas understand the importance of these animals, and unlike other countries, they are not caged or force-fed these berries. This marks a healthy difference in the product and enhances the quality of the coffee even more.