Scientists Finds Way To Authenticate Civet Coffee

Scientists Finds Way To Authenticate Civet Coffee

Until now there was no perfect test to know whether the civet coffee labeled product sold for $150 to $227 a pound really comes from the Asian palm civet’s poop. Lately scientists have found a new test for it to verify that the expensive as well as rare Kopi Luwak is real.

A study published on July 27 on the website of American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry writes a way has been found that can authenticate the civet coffee.

Authentic civet coffee comes from Indonesia and few other Asian countries where the ripe coffee cherries are picked by small mammals which eat the soft fruit that surrounds the beans. After digesting the fruit the mammals excrete the beans. These beans are then picked, cleaned, wet-fermented, sun-dried and roasted.

Scientists Finds Way To Authenticate Civet Coffee

In the study scientists say a “metabolic fingerprint” can help them in verifying the “real Kopi Luwak” by using metabolomics technology.

Biotechnology department professor at Osaka University in Japan, Fukusaki, said the authenticating method in authenticating civet coffee could be widely used in future, but it needs some technical improvements before it.

Institute of Food Technologists spokesman Stanley Segall said the study is “very good beginning” but further research work is required in it.

He added, “It’s the first study of this type, and it’s not clear to me that they were really rigorous in terms of sample selection.”

International Coffee Consulting president Rocky Rhodes said, “If anything, I would say it would be less risky coffee health-wise, because I don’t think the civet is going to consume anything that smells like bad fertilizer when it has lots of cherries to choose from.”

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  • misha_trotsky

    - How can you tell he’s king?
    - He ain’t all covered with shit.

    • Chris Caley

      The way he became king was holding on the stated imperial dogma which perpetuates the economic and social differences in our society.
      help! help! I’m being repressed.

  • Chico

    How dumb is dumb…………………….it’s called shit for brains!

  • Lynn Starrs

    Do the civets in the picture have lots of cherries to pick from? It seems like they eat what they are fed. How can this be a reasonable study of the selectivity of wild civets?

  • Kirk Wahlen

    Not only is it stupid and vain, it’s incredibly cruel to the cats that are kept in tiny cages and force fed coffee beans. Why did this article not mention this important animal welfare fact? Sloppy reporting. Cruelty for the pleasure of the 1% all the while poor people are starving. This and fur coats – disgusting.

  • Chris Caley

    I don’t eat anything unless it came out of the anus of a civet !

    • misha_trotsky

      Anyone who pays that much for coffee, is an ass.

      • Chris Caley

        Why do you think the article is in the Pentagon Post. No where on Earth is there a higher concentration of asses to be found.