The Drink: Wild Thai Civet Coffee from Doi Chaang Coffee
Type: Whole Bean Kopi Luwak
Doi Chaang Coffee is known for being 50% farmer owned and selling high quality fair trade, organic and shade grown coffee. However, today we’re going to look at one of their other coffees, Wild Thai Civet Coffee that is different from the rest. These “rarest, most sought-after coffee in the world” made a celebrity appearance in the Daily Shot Of Coffee kitchen this week.
In case you’ve never heard of Civet Coffee, also known as Kopi Luwak, let me give you a real quick background. Civet Coffee is regular coffee beans with a unique processing method. In this case the processing method is civets (a cat like animal that kind of looks like a rat), they eat the coffee cherries, process it through their digestive system, then the discarded beans are harvested, cleaned and roasted. Because of the production method, the production levels are low, but the demand is high (especially in Japan) and the result is a very unique and expensive coffee.
In the last Kopi Luwak review, I mentioned some of my concerns with the expensive and hype filled niche of coffee. I’ll give you the short version: My largest concern is that on some farms the animals are kept in tiny cages to produce the coffee. As far as Doi Chaang, their Wild Thai Civet Coffee comes from cage free civets. The animals scavenge for food in the coffee farms surrounding the Doi Chaang community in Northern Thailand. The animals eat the coffee berries at their own free will and of course everything else is part of their own free will too.
This roast produces an elegantly smooth cup with floral undertones that are quite pronounced in the aroma. There is a detectable macadamia nut presence, while the finish is clean with a hint of tanginess on the sides of the tongue. Doi Chaang Wild Civet Coffee beans receive a medium-light roast to maintain the unique, complex flavours that develop while the coffee cherries interact with the civet’s digestive system.
Certifications: Organic, Beyond Fair Trade 50% Grower Owned
Altitude: 1200-1600 meters
Doi Chaang’s Wild Thai Civet Coffee greeted my nose with a smooth, nutty aroma with of black pepper and lemon zest.
The coffee was thick and exceptionally smooth coffee, with just a tingle of bitterness around the edges. Did I mention that this coffee was thick? It was almost like a maple syrup.
In the taste department, the black pepper mixed with a chocolate and woody flavor. I picked up on the tiniest hints of a dark roast with smokiness as the flavor of the sip faded away.
A 50 gram (or about 1.76 ounces) tin of Wild Thai Civet Coffee is not cheap at $55. Unless you’re Bill Gates, this isn’t an every day kind of coffee.
Doi Chaang’s Wild Thai Civet Coffee earned a 3.75 on the Daily Shot Of Coffee, it was exceptional but still that Kopi Luwak price tag is hard to swallow. However, if you’re looking to cross Kopi Luwak off you’re bucket list anytime soon, their version of Kopi Luwak is definitely worth checking out.