Kopi Luwak are coffee beans that come from the Asian Palm Civet (a cat-like and cat-sized mammal native to tropical forests of Asia and Africa) excrement. Civets gorge on coffee cherries and excrete partially digested beans. These berries are collected, washed and lightly roasted so the flavor of the berries isn’t destroyed. These newly made coffee beans sell between $120 to $600 USD per pound to make the world’s most expensive coffee in the world. Kopi Luwak is mostly sold in Japan and the U.S., but is increasingly becoming readily available worldwide.
The African Civet, which is the best known Civet species produces a musky scent that is primarily used for perfumes. In fact, the word Civet can also refer to this distinctive musky scent that they produce.