Exotic Kopi Luwak Coffee for Weight Loss?

Kopi-luwak-dietCoffee lovers the world over rejoice the first time they drink a cup of Kopi Luwak coffee. This coffee has an unbelievably rich and strong taste with an aroma that will make you think you are in heaven. This coffee made its North American debut on the Oprah Winfrey show and since then the demand for it (despite its enormous price tag) has been staggering.

So What is All the Buzz about Kopi Luwak coffee?

Some people think that the allure of Kopi Luwak coffee is the process that is used when roasting the beans. Others are convinced that it is so desirable because of its price. You can never underestimate the magic of marketing. Still  others believe that it the taste of this delicious drink that makes it so popular.

What exactly is Kopi Luwak Coffee?

what-is-kopi-luwakThis delicious beverage comes all the way from Sumatra where it is harvested on one of Indonesia’s more than 13,000 islands. Kopi is the local Indonesian word for coffee. The word Luwak makes reference to the mammal responsible for its production, the civet.

This coffee is very smooth and the beans that make it can only be roasted very lightly. There are a few different types of of Kopi Luwak blends. These include Liberica and Arabica. The type of blend you get is largely dependent on the type of cherries the civets have eaten. Though the taste may vary from batch to batch, the magnificent aroma and the coffee’s general lack of a bitter taste remains stable across all the blends.

But the thing that most coffee lovers rave about the most is the taste of Kopi Luwak coffee. When you drink it for the first time, you are immediately surprised by the flavour of caramel and chocolate  you are tasting. These are not added tastes, however. They come naturally from the coffee beans themselves. This is not like any other coffee you have tasted before. Yes, you can buy lots of coffee with those flavours added to them. But this is an unnatural process. Kopi Luwak comes with these flavours completely naturally. In fact, many Kopi Luwak lovers say that the coffee is so smooth and naturally sweet that they can drink it without any added sweeteners at all.

How did a coffee hailing from Indonesia become so famous?

civet-kopi-luwakThe reason this coffee has shot to such fame most likely has to do with the way it is processed. The procedure is very complex. The first thing that occurs is that the civet, a small mammal that resembles a rat which is indigenous to Indonesia, eats some of the ripest coffee berries it can find. the berries then pass along the digestive tract of the civet and go through a variety of chemical processes for a day or two. During this time, the beans are fermented by the stomach acids and enzymes found in the civet’s stomach. Scientists believe that it is this process which is responsible for removing the bitterness from the end result — the coffee beans.

After the civet has finished eating its fill of coffee cherries, it defecates and what it leaves behind are beans which still contain layers of juice from those very coffee cherries.

These are then gathered, washed and put into the sun to dry just like all other coffee beans are when they are being processed. It may be hard for people to believe but this what Kopi Luwak goes through before it ends up on your kitchen table.

Is Kopi Luwak Really That Expensive?

Most people are completely shocked when they find out how much a pound of Kopi Luwak costs. It is widely agreed to be the most expensive coffee in the world. These beans sell for, on average, about $600.00 per pound. In Vietnam, a small weasel produces a coffee that costs up to $3,000.00 per pound. In cities like New York, one cup can cost between $30 and $90 per cup. One of the reasons why this coffee is so expensive is because the crop is only produced once per year. All of the work is done manually by Indonesian laborers.

So Does Kopi Luwak Coffee Help You Lose Weight?

But in terms of losing weight, Kopi Luwak will not help you lose weight any faster than green coffee bean extract which is found in most diet pill supplements. Because the coffee itself has a fairly low level of caffeine, it will not rev you up like other caffeinated beverages. I would not place a lot of value on Kopi Luwak if you are looking purely for weight loss benefits. You will get more of a kick from drinking just regular caffeinated coffee each morning with your breakfast. If you are looking for something to help you lose weight, save your money and don’t bother with Kopi Luwak coffee. It is too expensive and you will probably not see any tangible weight loss from drinking it.