Civet Poop Coffee VS Elephant Poop Coffee


Civet 1

Kopi Luwak comes from the Indonesian Island which is native to the small civet-like animals known as “Paradoxurus” or locally known as “Luwak”. These cute little creatures live in trees and one of their favourite foods is ripe, red coffee cherries.

Coffee Cherry Bean 1

The bean undergoes chemical treatment and fermentation in these the Luwak’s stomach and finishes its journey through the digestive system before (how should I put this nicely?) exiting. The beans are still intact and collected from the forest floor, cleaned then roasted and ground just like any other coffee. 

Granny Roasting

{Granny roasting the harvested coffee beans}


It is said that “Kopi Luwak” has a rich, heavy flavor with hints of caramel or chocolate. Some have described it as earthy, musty and exotic, almost like syrup and very smooth.

I have tried “Kopi Luwak” in Bali and honestly, it is definitely NOT my cup of joe.



Black Ivory Coffee is created from a process whereby coffee beans are digested and naturally refined by Thai elephants. Research indicates that during digestion, the enzymes of the elephant break down coffee protein.  Since protein is one of the main factors responsible for bitterness in coffee, less protein means almost no bitterness.

At a retail price of approximately US$1,100 per kilogramme, this coffee is also one of the most expensive and exclusive in the world. Currently, only 50 kilogrammes are available for sale.

The process begins with selecting the best Thai Arabica beans that have been picked from an altitude of 1,500 metres.  These beans are then digested and deposited by the elephants.  The elephant trainer will then individually hand pick the beans before they are sun-dried. To gain just one kilo of this precious Black Ivory Coffee, roughly 10,000 beans need to be hand picked out of the warm, mushy dung of the caffeinated mammals.

Do you have any preference on which coffee poop you prefer?

(Source: Anantara, The Nation, I Love Coffee)


4 thoughts on “Civet Poop Coffee VS Elephant Poop Coffee

  1. Thank you for writing about Black Ivory Coffee. In addition to highlighting the fact that I spend time first selecting the highest quality Arabica cherries there are a few other differences I would like to point out:

    1) Production: In 2013 we produced 200 kg. I am the only producer in the world. Kopi Luwak can be found in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, South America and China.
    2) Price: The price of Black Ivory Coffee has been going up and it is now $1500/kg. It can only be found in five star hotels In contrast Kopi Luwak is sold everywhere and if you look on websites like you can find it for as low as US$6/kg with a quantity of 10 MT.
    3) I spent a lot of time finding the best elephant sanctuary because I want to make sure that I can be confident that the elephants are being treated well. The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation is a Thai registered charity ( that has rescued roughly 18 elephants from the street. There is a full time elephant vet employed and I donate 8% of my SALES not profits back to this foundation. The amount of coffee is miniscule and is meant only as a snack. Kopi Luwak in contrast has not been banned by a number of hotels such as Mandarin Oriental, Sheraton and I believe The Peninsula because wild civets are being placed into cages and are then fed a diet that consists mostly of coffee.

    For more information on Black Ivory Coffee feel free to contact me via my website or the Black Ivory Coffee Facebook page.

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