Kopi luwak coffee originated from the colonial Dutch Indonesia when farmers discovered that certain species of civets would consume coffee beans and leave them undigested through their systems. Due to the civets selection process (they only eat the best), and the active enzymes in their digestion system react with the beans creating a uniquely original flavor. The most common assessment with our Formosan palm civet Kopi luwak coffee is that it is rich with a chocolate aftertaste and much less bitter than the average coffee.
The coffee beans in Ruan’s farm are only harvested three months a year, during the months of September, October and November, meaning the civets are only consuming coffee beans during those times of the year. Averaging 3 to 4 kg of beans per year per civet, Ruan’s farm with 200 civets produces only about 600kg of coffee beans per year.