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Indonesian Civet Coffee

Vietnam Civet Coffee

Simulated Civet Coffee

Indonesian Civet Coffee

In Indonesia, Civet coffee is known as Kopi Luwak and is produced mostly on the islands of Java, Sulawesi, Sumatra, and Bali. “Kopi” is the Indonesian word for coffee, while “Luwak” is the name for the Civet. In East Timor, Civet coffee is known as Kafe-laku.

Sumatra is the largest producer of Civet coffee including a significant amount of both farmed and wild Civet Coffee. Farmed Civet Coffee is produced by constraining the Civets within defined boundaries.

In 2009 the Association of Indonesian Coffee Luwak Farmers was formed in order to deal with the rising demand for Kopi Luwak (Civet Coffee). Most of the members are small business people who export their Civet Coffee directly overseas. 

Indonesia is known to have a plethora of small mini-farms run by enterprising individuals partaking in the rising global demand for Civet Coffee.

Vietnam Civet Coffee

In Vietnam, Civet coffee is called ca phe Chon, which roughly translates as “weasel coffee.” Civet coffee is quite popular in Vietnam where coffeehouses are known to serve it by the cup and there is also a growing market for simulated Civet coffee.

The Vietnamese company called Trung Nguyen had conducted research on Civet coffee, isolating digestive enzymes in the Civet and using them to create a simulated Civet coffee.

The patented synthetic soak is known as Legendee and comes in two varieties: Legendee Gold which simulates Civet Coffee from Arabica coffee bean varietals; and Legendee Classic which simulates Civet Coffee from a mix of coffee bean varietals including Liberica, Robusta, Excelsa, and Arabica.

Trung Nguyen also produces Sumatran Civet Coffee (Kopi Luwak) in the Lampung province using Arabica Typica coffee beans. The Sumatran beans are set out into courtyards where Civets are allowed to forage during the day, and then the animals are kept caged at night.

Simulated Civet Coffee

There is a growing market for Civet coffee, particularly in Vietnam where chemically simulated versions of Civet coffee are produced, and where Civet coffee is popular in many coffee houses.

The Trung Nguyen Coffee Company hired a German scientist to research the chemical processes that occur in the Civet’s stomach, and in 1996 scientists were able to isolate six specific digestive enzymes and then use these enzymes to create a synthetic soak known as Legendee, which they patented. 

The goal of this synthetic soak is to simulate the internal processes of the Civet that are responsible for the unique flavors and aromas people desire in Civet coffee.

Two varieties of Legendee coffee are offered including the Legendee Gold that simulates Civet Coffee from Arabica coffee beans, and Legendee Classic which simulates the Civet Coffee that comes from a mix of coffee bean varietals including Arabica, Robusta, Liberica, and Excelsa.

Other companies market other products that are sold as simulated Civet coffee, and some of these are created by adding flavorings to coffee beans.

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