Rachael Bale explores the troubling secret behind the world’s most expensive coffee for National Geographic. See my top takeaways from the article underneath.
- Kopi luwak has been rising in popularity for its rarity and lack of acidity, as the civets’ digestive enzymes break the coffee beans down
- Indonesian fruit farms have caught onto the coffee trade reputation and have been charging tourists for the opportunity to view the civets in captivity
- But the animals’ living conditions are awful; they have no room to move around, the sanitation is non-existent, and the wire cages cause sores and injuries—avoid buying kopi luwak and funding these atrocities