Independent Birmingham coffee shop, Urban Coffee Company, is serving Kopi Luwak coffee or civit coffee this week and donating money from sales to Project Waterfall, which delivers development projects in coffee-producing countries.
Kopi Luwak is made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian palm civet (or Luwak) and passed through its digestive tract.
Claimed to be the rarest and most exotic coffee in the world, The Urban Coffee Company is selling a single cup of Kopi Luwak for £8.95. Twenty pence from each sale will go to Project Waterfall, as part of UK Coffee Week, 4-10 April 2011.
Jamie Weaver from Urban Coffee Company said: “The price of a cup of Kopi Luwak is more what you’d expect to pay for a glass of Champagne in one of Birmingham’s bars but this really is no ordinary coffee. Only about 500kg to 700kg per year is produced and worldwide demand from coffee connoisseurs is immense, which means we’ve had to work extremely hard to secure some of this unique roast.
“The Luwak is a discerning little creature, only eating the sweetest and ripest Arabica coffee berries. After swallowing the berries they ferment in the digestive system where its stomach enzymes break down proteins in the coffee. The inner beans are then passed intact encased in their protective hulls, then collected, thoroughly cleaned, dried and lightly roasted to preserve their flavours. The result is a very aromatic and complex coffee, with very little bitterness.
“We wanted to be able to offer an experience totally out of the ordinary for UK Coffee Week, which is all about giving something back to the countries which produce the coffee we enjoy every day. Anyone who buys a cup of Kopi Luwak will not only get to enjoy a gourmet gastronomic experience, but will also be supporting a great cause.”
The first Project Waterfall project will provide clean water to communities in the Mbulu District of Tanzania in partnership with WaterAid.
As well as donating 20p per cup of Kopi Luwak sold, Urban Coffee Company will be encouraging every customer who purchases any of its other coffees to donate 5p to Project Waterfall.