Kopi Luwak is one of the most unique and prized coffee varieties in the world.
The very exotic Kopi Luwak coffee bean comes from Indonesia and is derived from coffee eaten by the Asian Palm Civet (Luwak is the Indonesian name for this small mammal). The bean finishes its journey through the digestive system of the civet and once 'delivered', the still-intact beans are collected from the forest floor and then thoroughly cleaned and processed like any other coffee.
The Luwak eats coffee cherries grown on trees and, after its digestive system breaks down the skin and pulp, the Luwak excretes what is known as the parchment. The coffee beans are removed carefully from the parchment one by one and then left to dry in the sun.
The resulting coffee is said to be like no other. It proffers a strong, rich flavour with hints of caramel and chocolate. The body is almost syrupy and very smooth. Adding milk or sugar to this coffee is unnecessary as it competes with the beans natural sweetness, distinct flavours and aromas.
Fragrance / aroma: Fresh, nutty vanilla
Flavour: Strong roasted almond
Acidity: Medium soft
Body: Strong but gentle
Maturation from flowers to berry: 9 months
Production (kg / year): 500 kg
Optimal temperature: 13 to 28 degrees Celsius
Optimal rainfall: 100 to 3000 mm
Altitude: 1100 to 1300 (masl)
Soil type: Black soil / soil formed of young, fertile volcanic materials containing micro micro nutrients essential to plants
Country of orgin: Indonesia Production areas: Aceh - Takengon, Bener Meriah, Ungkup Sambul, Sukarame, Bias, Jagung, Sabun, Pondok kayu
Caffeine content: 0.8 to 1.4 %
Form of seeds: Flat with a clear midline
Character stew: Acid and chocolate
Method of harvest: Collected from plantation
Processing method: Nature
Screen size: 15-20
Moisture: Max 13%
Triage: Max 8 %
Defect value: 6-8
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About the bean
What you can expectA creamy body, intense aroma, high acidity. Sweet. Caramel notes with a nutty finish. Complex and lovely.
About the bean
Our Brazil Planalto is sourced from the family-run Planalto Estate in the highlands of Nova Rezende, in the south of Mina Gerais - the country's main producer of milk and coffee. The farm's 3,600-foot altitude and surrounding natural forest create a unique microclimate, perfect for growing high-quality coffee.
What to expect
An aromatic cup with a rich and velvety body underlaid with fruit and nut notes.
For our taste test, we compared a City and Full City roast profile. Overall, we enjoyed a balanced cup with a nice body; a pleasant medium acidity and taste notes of fruit and nut. The City roast was particularly aromatic and a milk chocolate underlay emerged at Full City.
We made a memorable pour over with the Brazil Planalto. Because of its nice, light brightness and nutty kick, we would generally recommend this bean as an espresso base or as a standalone espresso pick, and, for summer, as a base for cold brew.
Cultivar: Yellow Catuai / Mundo Novo
Altitude: 1,200 m
Flavour: Citrus, slight berry; rich and caramelized.
Certifications: Humaniterra Foundation, UTZ Certified, Aliment préparé au Québec
Roasting recommendation: Medium to dark. For an explanation of our different roasts, see here: http://greenbeanery.ca/pages/roasting-chart.
Beyond the cup
The Planalto Estate covers 350 acres of strictly preserved native forest and vegetation. Liquid wastes from coffee processing are recycled and treated. Coffee pulp is reused for its nutritional value.
Estate employees enjoy a full range of benefits, as well as salaries above the regional average. Worker safety is a priority.
About the bean
Strictly Soft (SS) | Fine Cup (FC)
The Swiss Water Process begins with pure water and ends with amazing coffee that is 99.9% caffeine free.
Brazilian beans with a 17/18 screen size tend to be a more consistent, higher quality offering without the pungent floral notes associated with smaller, less mature beans.
Fine Cup (FC) beans are a specialty grade coffee. Strictly Soft (SS) beans are grown at relatively low altitudes (under 4,000 ft).
Medium body, chocolate and nut notes. Good for both drip and espresso.View full product details
About the bean
Ah, Cerrado; you do not disappoint. The Cerrado in Brazil is a biologically rich, sprawling, tropical savanna located in Minas Gerais state, Brazil's coffee-producing powerhouse. Our Brazilian Cerrado is a blend of four farms in the northwest of this state and the result is solid. This is a classic Brazilian bean - bittersweet, chocolatey, a little bit of nut, low in acidity, good body. And this bean is a versatile companion - just right as a breakfast cup, in blends, for espresso (lots of crema and body) and for cold brew (great price point for that, too). It's not a fancy bean, it's not a taste adventure, it's not average - what you have here is good coffee for the everyday and to play with. Stock up!
Appearance: 17-18 screen
Flavour: Good body, clean and well balanced; consistent, rich aroma, chocolate and almond notes.
Roast recommendation: City to Full City (soft bean, will roast quickly).View full product details