India is Asia’s third-largest producer and exporter of coffee. Now the nation has started producing the world’s most expensive coffee, made from the poop of civet
cat, on a small scale in Coorg district of Karnataka.
The Civet coffee, also known as Luwark coffee, is expensive because of uncommon method of producing such a coffee. It is produced from the coffee beans digested by civet cat. The feces of this cat are collected, processed and sold. It is highly priced because it is claimed to be more nutritious and high cost involved in sourcing the animal dropping, wastage during processing and quality certification.
Civet coffee, is consumed widely in the Gulf nations and Europe as an elite drink is sold for Rs 20,000-25,000/kg abroad. India’s largest coffee-growing Karnataka state, a start-up firm, Coorg Consolidated Commodities (CCC), has made a humble beginning of making the luxury coffee on a small scale.
“Initially, 20 kg of civet coffee was produced. After establishing the start-up firm, 60 kg was produced in 2015-16 and 200 kg last year. We hope half a tonne production from the new crop to be harvested from October,” Narendra Hebbar, one of the founders of CCC, told.