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Roasting the most expensive coffee in the world, from cat poop

According to Wikipedia, Kopi luwak, or civet coffee, is coffee made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet and other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract.

A civet eats the berries for their fleshy pulp. In its stomach, proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet's intestines the beans are then defecated, keeping their shape. After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness, widely noted as the most expensive coffee in the world.

Kopi luwak is produced mainly on the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago, and also in the Philippines (where the product is called motit coffee in the Cordillera and kape alamid in Tagalog areas) and also in East Timor (where it is called kafé-laku). Weasel coffee is a loose English translation of its name in Vietnam, where popular, chemically simulated versions are also produced.

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A four month old Luwak is tempted by some red coffee beans at the BAS Coffee plantation on Jan. 20, 2011, in Tapaksiring, Bali, Indonesia. The Luwak is an Asian palm civet, which looks like a cross between a cat and a ferret.

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A Luwak snacks on coffee berries inside its cage on Jan. 16 in Bali, Indonesia. The civet climbs coffee trees to find the best berries, eats them, and eventually the coffee beans come out in its stools as a complete bean.

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Wayan Dira collects the Luwak stool under their cage on Jan. 20 in Pupuan village, Bali, Indonesia. The stool is collected once a day for processing. Sari and her husband Wayan Dira have had a small coffee business for the last two years in the coffee region of western Bali. They own nine Luwaks and are now producing the expensive coffee hoping to cash in on the desire for the rare beans. Luwak coffee is produced mainly on the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago, and also in the Philippines.

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Sari grinds Luwak beans in an old rusted grinder Jan. 20 in Pupuan village, Bali, Indonesia. The Luwak coffee is known as the most expensive coffee in the world because of the way the beans are processed and the limited supply. Luwak coffee is produced mainly on the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago, and also in the Philippines.