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Funnel Mill Serves Kopi Luwak Coffee in Los Angeles
Funnel Mill serves the exclusive Kopi Luwak in Los Angeles, which is regarded by many coffee connoisseurs to be the best coffee in the world. We are the only shop that carries and serves Kopi Luwak in Los Angeles. The process leading up to Kopi Luwak is a unique, interesting and complicating progression. Kopi Luwak comes from the Indonesian island of Sumatra, an area well-known for its excellent coffee. Also, native to the area is a small civet-like animal called a Paradoxurus. That’s the scientific name, but the locals call them Luwaks. These little mammals live in the trees. One of their favorite foods is the red, ripe coffee cherry. They consume the cherries, beans and all. While the beans are in the Luwak’s stomach, they undergo chemical treatments and fermentations. The beans finish the journey through the digestive system, and exit. The still-intact beans are collected from the forest floor and cleaned. From there, they are medium-roasted and grounded like any other coffee.
Th resulting coffee is said to be like no other. It has a rich, heavy flavor with hints of caramel and chocolate. Other terms used to describe it are earthy, aromatic sweet and exotic. The body of Kopi Luwak is described as syrupy and the smoothest coffee around.
One must wonder about the circumstances that brought about the first cup of Kopi Luwak coffee. Who would think to (or even want to) collect and roast beans out of animal feces? Perhaps a native figured it was easier to collect the beans from the ground this way, rather than having to work harder and pick them from the trees? We will likely never know the truth of the story. Due to the peculiar method of collecting, there is not much Kopi Luwak produced in the world. The average total of annual production is only around 100 pounds of beans.
The rarity and complicating gathering of this coffee is the reason for its outrageous pricing. The current cost for a pound of Kopi Luwak is around $1000 USD or more. Some other adventurous coffee houses are selling it for $120+ by the cup. The coffee is so spectacular that it’s truly worth the amount of money. After all, you are paying for the experience of enjoying such an unusual and rare delicacy.
Reservation for Kopi Luwak is required by appointment only. Funnel Mill does not serve Kopi Luwak to go. No sugar and milk will be given during the tasting.