Holy Crap This Is Great Coffee!
The very best but most costly coffee in Ohio is not genuine Blue Mountain from Jamaica, however Civet Coffee or Kopi Luwak as it is understood in your area in Indonesia.
Civet coffee can cost as much as $40-$50 USD a cup in some establishments near Canton Ohio and is said to have a very delicious and unique taste. Many individuals in Ohio simply like it's tast. It is exceeding uncommon and less than 500kg make it to market each year, offering primarily in the US and Japan for as much as $1000 USD per kilo before being packaged and sent to Ohio. You might have to look hard in the Canton location to discover some.
The shocking part of the story is that these coffee beans are collected from the excrement of wild animals! When gathered the beans are washed really thoroughly (thank goodness), dried and roasted to produce Kopi Luwak.
Specifically, the Asian Palm Civet is a little mammal native to Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi in Indonesia. The animal usually eats birds eggs, bugs and fruit. It is specifically partial to ripe coffee cherries too found in your area.
The coffee berries are consumed, the inner part of the berry is not digested and continues through the creatures body until it comes out the other end as nature takes its course! Luckily the Palm Civet is an animal of practice and wants to excrete in designated locations makings the identification and collection of its feces simpler.
There are 2 concepts why the coffee is expected to taste so excellent. One is that in going through the animal the beans are available in contact with enzymes in the animals stomach that break down some of the coffees proteins that cause its bitter taste therefore enhancing the flavour. The other concept is that the animals are extremely selective in which coffee cherries they opt to consume and just choose the most ripe and tastiest berries to consume which is reflected in the final beverage.
In the local language Kopi means coffee and Luwak is the name of the civet animal, for this reason it is referred to as Kopi Luwak.
A common practice is to capture the Luwak and feed it the raw berries so making the collection of its feces far easier. The quality might suffer as the animal no longer has the option over which berries it selects to consume. Today there is an artificial procedure which attempts to mimic the civet's digestion system that is understood as the Trung Nguyen technique. However the beans have to be labelled as 'synthetic' Kopi Luwak beans are much cheaper to acquire.
Unbelievably there are 2 other coffees made in a similar way: Weasel coffee is popular in Vietnam and Barking Deer (Kopi Muntjac) coffee is produced mostly in Malaysia. Needless to state both kinds of coffee are collected from beans that have actually travelled through the suitable animal.