COFFEE lovers in Limerick now have the unique privilege of sampling the most expensive coffee in the world - if they are prepared to hand over €85 for quite an unusual caffeine hit.
Known for its fine coffee, customers in Jack Monday’s on Thomond Bridge can now sample a more exotic - and controversial - brew than the average mocha or hazelnut frappucino.
The former Treaty Bar is offering its customers a sample of a unique blend - made from beans picked from the droppings of the cat-like civet in Indonesia.
Kopi Luwak is green coffee made from coffee beans that have gone through the digestive system of the wild civet cat. After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness, connoisseurs say.
This type of coffee arrived in Ireland last year and is only sold in a handful of coffee shops, although it is available to buy online for €92 for 125 grams. Produced mainly on the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali, and Sulawesi, it has attracted controversy from some groups who believe the trade is unethical due to intensive farming methods.
Mo Kaswani, manager of Jack Monday’s, recently sold a cup of Kopi Luwak to two US customers and said “they loved it”.
“I told them not to expect too much. It is coffee after all. Their expectation was that it would taste like liquid gold.” “It’s a very uniform, light coffee taste. It’s not tarry at all. In fact, it’s very smooth. I believe there are only three other shops in Dublin selling it,” said Mo.
The Indonesian delicacy came to prominence after it was highlighted in the 2007 film, The Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.