Foraged from the droppings of wild Kopi Luwaks (Civet Cats) in the Gayo Highlands of northern Sumatra, this is a wonderfully balanced, velvety coffee with a caramel sweetness, hazelnut and dark cocoa tones with subtle acidity. The ‘magic’ of Kopi Luwak occurs in two parts. First, the Wild Luwak, using its acute sense of smell, selects the ripest coffee cherries. 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.
In 2013, Sea Island Coffee staff began work in Sumatra to develop an independent accredited certification standard for wild, ethically-sourced Civet Coffee in consultation with leading proponents of animal welfare, the World Animal Protection organization and food-certification experts.