Two years ago I visited a coffee plantation in Bali where they "produced" luwak coffee. To sit on a bench, overlooking the jungle and drink it on site from beans just roasted over open fire was a very special experience.
Lady roasting beans in Bali
I recently bought 100 grams in Jakarta for 45$ (you can calculate the kilo price yourself) and if you have the luck to find it in an exclusive coffee shop you'll pay 40-80$ per cup!!!
So how did my "Rolls-Royce"-coffee taste?
After a medium-fine grinding of the lightly roasted beans and a three minutes extraction in 95 degree water it was finally time to have a sip.
The nose was light with a creamy aroma of hazelnuts followed by a light to medium full taste of milk chocolate and nuts. Well balanced acidity and minimum bitterness. What struck me was the extremely long taste, it just linger and linger. It's truly a great tasting, elegant coffee but is it worth the price? maybe not? There are so many great, exciting estate coffee's on the market for a fraction of the price. But it could still be worth trying ...if you'll find it.