Taiwan to engineer and export its own Civit coffee


A single cup of Kopi Luwak (Civit) coffee can easily reach over £50 a cup, but divides the coffee community to its true place as a high-end luxury blend

At the end of the 1st quarter, Taiwan is set to start exporting a new type of Civit coffee that has been created by delicately treating the coffee beans with chemical, instead of the usual Civit method of processing that some classify as inhuman, unreliable and cruel.

After over two years of stringent research and development, Taiwan Bean Store Co. will begin exporting its new product to Japan as a hygienic and humanitarian approved version of the exotic Civit counterpart. Its rumoured to cost as little as half as much as the original ‘luxury’ labelled coffee, although this could still be as much as £25 for a single cup.

Although still relatively new to the islands of Japan, they’re now one of the worlds leading consumers of the drink, with luxurious blends and beans being sought after more so than in the Western hemisphere.

No doubt the new Taiwan Bean Store Co. product will break quickly into the Japanese market, assuming the marketing is correct when they say it tastes exactly the same as traditional Civit coffee.

There is currently no mention of when it will be directly exported to other countries.

Unfamiliar with Civit coffee?

If you’re unfamiliar with Civit coffee, or Kopi luwak, it is a very expensive product created by first having the coffee beans consumed by a cat like animal called a Asian Palm Civet. While in the Civet’s digestive tract the beans ferment and lose their bitterness, improving its taste profile. The beans are then extracted from the faeces of the animal, washed and shipped out to every corner of the world.

Although the process of extracting does sound very unpleasant, Civit coffee is up there with Blue Mountain coffee from Jamaica for its fame, although many dispute its need for existence as nothing more than gimmickry.

Coffee produced from the Kopi Luwak is seen by many to be inhuman as the animals are caged up and kept in poor rural conditions, similar to that of battery chickens. Not only that, but the large price tag on beans labelled as Civit  also means that the market is flooded with fakes.

Many connoisseurs simple state however, that the coffee that is produced from these Civit beans is simply no good.

While the jury is still out, it looks promising for the Taiwan Bean Store Co with their new product.


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