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Posted Tue Mar 26, 2013, 4:32pm
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I'm not referring to the cost. I received a pound of kopi luwak as a gift.

BUT. . .

It appears after drying (in a dehydrator) I'm going to have to break the parchment off the bean one at a time. I've tried rolling with a 2x4 and a rolling pin and the parchments just are not breaking off.

Furthermore, the beans are of a widely varying size. I can't see how one could achieve an even roast on these things.


Aren't these things more of a novelty than a serious bean for roasting????

Anyone had experience with these things?

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Posted Tue Mar 26, 2013, 4:43pm
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You need to feed these to a cat to get the proper digestive enzyme effect. I have (or can find) cats for this purpose and process them for a small fee. Alternatively, I will process them inside my belly and gut and deliver "the goods" in your presence for airfare and a small handling charge - please note the Kopi Steamer option is, of course, extra...

 
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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Posted Tue Mar 26, 2013, 5:10pm
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EricBNC Said:

You need to feed these to a cat to get the proper digestive enzyme effect. I have (or can find) cats for this purpose and process them for a small fee. Alternatively, I will process them inside my belly and gut and deliver "the goods" in your presence for airfare and a small handling charge - please note the Kopi Steamer option is, of course, extra...

Posted March 26, 2013 link

Precisely the answer I was looking for. . . Butt NO!

 
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Posted Mon Apr 1, 2013, 4:15pm
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Only the luwak knows...
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Posted Tue Apr 2, 2013, 9:54am
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I thought that kopi luwak was any kind of coffee that had been fed to a civet. wikipedia I'm assuming that it was a bad set up for the joke afterwards when Eric said that you had to feed them to a cat. again.

I can only assume that it is such a niche / novelty thing that after feeding the beans to a civet, collecting the poop, drying it out, breaking it apart and sorting the beans out. Taking one more step to sort them by size pre-roast isn't that big of a deal compared to the effort already undertaken.
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Posted Tue Apr 2, 2013, 12:37pm
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tinyenormous Said:

I thought that kopi luwak was any kind of coffee that had been fed to a civet. wikipedia I'm assuming that it was a bad set up for the joke afterwards when Eric said that you had to feed them to a cat. again.

I can only assume that it is such a niche / novelty thing that after feeding the beans to a civet, collecting the poop, drying it out, breaking it apart and sorting the beans out. Taking one more step to sort them by size pre-roast isn't that big of a deal compared to the effort already undertaken.

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The issue here is that the luwak coffee has become perverted in that we humans now force feed unripe coffee cherries to the little critters soas to produce the luwak coffee.  In nature the civet would only eat the ripest cherries.  I imagine luwak actually from that natural method of cherrie consumption is far superior to the luwak "mechanically" produced.

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Posted Fri Apr 12, 2013, 10:27am
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Geron Said:

Aren't these things more of a novelty than a serious bean for roasting????

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Yes

Anyone had experience with these things?

Yes.  The're really crappy.  Seriously.  Completely mediocre but at least after you try them and realize how bad they suck you can personally let others know like I'm doing now.
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