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Today I'm taking a look at Kaya Kopi, a Kopi Luwak offering that was actually quite nice when compared to some of the other Kopi Luwak coffee I've tried in the past.
It is also the most humanely produced Kopi Luwak (no cages) of those that I've sampled, which is definitely a major plus for anybody who plans to drink this stuff.
Kaya Kopi comes from the Pangalengan Highlands of West Java, Indonesia.
It is here that wild Asian Palm Civets consume ripe coffee cherries, and ultimately poop out the coffee beans that make Kopi Luwak so special.
General Notes & Observations
Producers: Kaya Kopi
Country of Origin: Indonesia
Region: Pangalengan Highlands of West Java
Processing method: Kopi Luwak
Growing altitude: 1100-1500 masl
Roaster aroma notes: None
Coffee Concierge aroma notes: Rose, floral
Roaster tasting notes: Citrus, jasmine, honey and/or chocolate
Coffee Concierge tasting notes: Bright, tootsie roll, lemon, berry
Brew Methods & Equipment Used
- Bonavita Immersion Dripper
- Brewista Variable Temperature Gooseneck Kettle
- Breville Smart Grinder Pro
Drip Coffee Experience
I only brewed one batch of coffee with my small bag of the Kaya Kopi, and I'm glad I used the Bonavita Immersion Dripper for it, since I didn't want to introduce any potential under-extraction.
I figured that by controlling the steep time, I could get the best possible result, assuming my grind was right. I also wanted to get as clean of a cup as possible, and paper filters tend to be best for these purposes.
The coffee did come out clean, and also surprisingly bright.
I say “surprisingly” because my previous Kopi Luwak experiences have been nothing of the sort. If anything, nutty and earthy flavor notes was what I expected.
The brightness was not overwhelming (read: sour), and I found this to be the best cup of Kopi Luwak I've ever brewed.
Keep in mind: I have a small sample size.
As I mentioned in the video review, Kaya Kopi is definitely the best Kopi Luwak coffee I've tried to-date. Not only this, but the coffee is produced humanely and is 100% organic and fair trade certified.
For these reasons alone, Kaya Kopi would be my top recommendation if you or someone you know is looking to experience Kopi Luwak coffee.
Still, I can't recommend Kopi Luwak coffee in general, because I really don't believe it is better than the best coffees that are produced through more traditional means (washed, natural, honey, etc.).
This is almost entirely attributed to price.
Yes, I'm aware that Kopi Luwak, at least in this case, is expensive because of the long and unpredictable process that comes with it. But just because something takes longer to make does not mean that it is superior in quality.
So if you must try Kopi Luwak, Kaya Kopi gets my full endorsement. If you don't really care about marginal taste differences for a premium price however, it's a pass.
The good news is that Kaya Kopi is offering a free sample (just pay shipping) of their Kopi Luwak coffee. You can get that here.
You can buy Kaya Kopi directly from Kaya Kopi's website at the link below:
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