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Of Coffee Cups and Better Mornings

 

The search for the perfect cup of coffee to wake up to, or drink with a lover or strike a business deal over a business deal. They are all valid reasons to inspire the coffee trade to aim for providing consumers with the perfect taste through innovation and experimentation in blending, mixing, selection, growing and cultivation, It has been going on for a 1000 years ago since coffee was first discovered. A perfect cup of coffee? Who knows, maybe it can happen maybe not but the quest goes on.

There is a lot to choose from already if you care to look for it!

Don't continue to be like many, and wake up and quaff a coffee to start your day where you do not even have time to ask if the taste is good, bad or indifferent or that you are just "used to it"?

Perhaps that is the American way but if you are a Continental European you will know about your coffees and the differences in blends from the milder Dutch and German blends to the treacle thick consistency of the expressos in Italy, and similar types in Greece and Turkey .

Common to all though is the fact we work so that we can enjoy life’s little perks. Coffee is one of them. It is above all a social drink.

Why not start yourStart your day then with a good cup of coffee. Keep it from being the boring coffee cup that has already become a routine. Make your own “best” coffee.

The Kopi Luak Treat from Indonesia!

Have you ever tasted Kopi Luak (also known as Kopi Luwak) which originates in Java, Indonesia? Kopi Luak is Indonesian language. Kopi=Coffee, Luak=Civet Cat.

If you haven’t tried it yet, try it sometime. Kopi Luak is rare. Consequently you put more money into every coffee cup than any other. But the experience is an excellent coffee cup. If you wouldn’t mind that it got fermented in a Luak Civet cat's intestine before being deposited on the coffee plantation soil, you will have an exciting coffee cup. The Japanese have become particularly attached to this rare brew. It has been a traditional breakfast drink for the Javans on coffee plantations and in Sumatra. Apparently, there is a similar brew found in Vietnam.

The Indonesia Tourism Promotion Board was asked if Kopi Luak was a true story or a good salesman's tale. They replied in defininite terms that indeed the Luak, a Palm Civet Cat (not a cat but related to the Mongoose family) contributes in the bean selection. A Civet will eat only the choicest, most perfectly matured beans which it then excretes, partially digested, a few hours later. Plantation workers then retrieve the beans from the ground, ready for immediate roasting. If it is any consolation, the Palm Civet subsists entirely on fruit, including the fleshy, red cherry looking beans of the coffee tree.

As to what makes the beans into such good coffee? One connoisseur described the experience as having a syrupy texture, full bodied on the palate with a clean after finish. At US$200 to $400 a kilo you would need a real "rush" to make it worthwhile. But if you have deep pockets it really is not an issue.

It is not our suggestion you rush out for this experience. But it goes to show the variety of choice out there for a coffee that isn't your typical supermarket choice. If you want a superior coffee cup, there is a simpler choice. Make your own! There is a reason for this and one of the disappointments of the coffee trade is that merchants sometimes mix inferior beans with Arabica beans to keep the prices down and be competitive.

TIP: To enjoy a better coffee cup, always insist on coffee that is roasted a day or two before. Green coffee beans have a long storage life but once they go through a roasting and grinding, the aroma easily escapes and you will pay the price for brewing it when it is over ten days old.

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