Coffee luwak, should you drink it? – Bali

Bike tour on bali

Coffee luwak or kopi luwak

It’s a big hype and it is said to be the most expensive coffee in the world. And it would be very special and an absolute must when you are in Indonesia.

During our journey through Indonesia in 2018 we went on a cycling tour through the rice fields of Bali. At the end of the bike ride we would go to a place to try coffee luwak. I knew nothing about the coffee except that it is expensive and is made through a special process.

To be honest, I really didn’t think the coffee was so special at all. Just a cup of coffee. Absolutely no reason to drink that over normal coffee. Anyway, I thought the story was funny. See the short youtube video of my visit to the coffee maker below. (in Dutch)

But then

I don’t remember exactly when the bell started ringing, but after posting something on Instagram about the coffee luwak, I got a response from someone saying that it really isn’t such a good industry. So I started looking for more information … And no, luwak coffee is not a great industry. Or no pure coffee.. Just to stay in coffee terms. In the video below by Peta you can see the truth behind making this coffee.


The animals are severely maltreated to produce the amount of coffee that is in demand today. They are in tiny cages, only get coffee beans to eat and well, see for yourself what that looks like.

So the answer to the question of whether you should want to drink this coffee is NO! Not only because it encourages animal suffering, but also because it is simply nothing special at all. Had I known in advance, I would not have gone there for coffee. That much may be clear.

But since forewarned counts for two, I thought it was a good idea to write a post about it. So don’t fall into the trap!

Delen is fijn!