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.
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.”