Foraged from the droppings of wild Kopi Luwaks (Civet Cats), the ‘magic’ of Kopi Luwak occurs in two parts: First, the wild Luwak, selects the ripest coffee cherries using its acute sense of smell. Then, as it passes through the Luwak, the digestive acids create a molecular change in the coffee bean, leaving it discernibly more brittle once collected and dried, enhancing the beans natural qualities.
Properly foraged wild Kopi Luwak is only ever available in very small quantities as the process of finding these droppings within large forests is exceptionally time consuming. The beauty of the coffee is that the civets are extremely selective and will only consume perfectly ripe coffee cherries, while the proteolytic enzymes in the civet cat’s digestive track effectively remove any bitterness.
All our Kopi Luwak coffee beans are 100% ethically sourced - foraged only from wild civet cats.
Balmaadi Estate, India:
The 150 year old Balmaadi Estate in the Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu, India is certified as organic, eco-friendly and socially responsible by the Institute for Marketecology (IMO). The boundaries of this high altitude (4,000 to 6,000 ft above sea level) estate provide a refuge for the incredibly varied wild life of Nilgiris, including panthers, elephants and the Kopi Luwak (civet cat) whose foraged droppings are collected from the surrounding forest.
These organic, high altitude Kopi Luwak coffee beans are particularly dense, yielding a beautifully dark and rich cup with overtones of caramel and citrus.
These indigenous birds inhabit the forest and feast on only the very ripest coffee cherries produced in the forest shade. Once the Jacu bird has ingested the cherry, it goes through its digestive system and the local villagers collect the odourless droppings, composed of the extremely rare coffee beans, and transport them to the drying areas where they are dried, cleaned and stored in their parchment for up to three months.
The result of this labourious, unique process is a sweet, full-bodied speciality coffee more acidic than typically found in the region, with a clean, smooth aftertaste and no bitterness.
Our Jacu bird beans are 100% ethically sourced - foraged only from wild birds.
Camocim Estate, Brazil:
The Camocim Estate, with just 50 hectares of land under coffee cultivation, is one of the smallest coffee plantations in Brazil. Located in Pedra Azul, Espirito Santo, the small coffee estate is home to a native South American bird called the Jacu.
In January 2023, Sea Island Coffee will be the first and only supplier in the world to offer wild toucan coffee. Exclusively supplied to us by the magnificent Coffea Diversa estate in Costa Rica, these wild toucan birds have discovered a taste for coffee cherries and have come to consume two varietals in particular – the Geisha and the Bourbon Pointu.
This toucan species, the fiery-billed aracari, is endemic to the southern region of Costa Rica and like other coffees partly processed by an animal’s digestion, such as Kopi Luwak and Jacu Bird, the toucans only eat the very ripest coffee cherries and are thus the very best coffee 'pickers'!
Coffea Diversa Estate, Costa Rica:
Coffea Diversa estate is home to the largest private coffee varietal collection in the world, with about 200 botanical coffee varieties & cultivars. At the Coffea Diversa coffee garden the coffee beans grow in the confluence of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean climates, a rare phenomenon that has a superb effect on the taste profile of its coffees.
Our gift sets are exquisitely packaged in our signature matte black boxes and finished with satin white ribbon - the perfect gift for any coffee lover. All our other roasted coffees are also available gift wrapped - Simply add the item to your cart and select the gift wrap option at checkout.
If you are sending a gift directly to the recipient and would like the invoice left out, please leave a note in the box at checkout.