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Kopi Luwak

Today I had my first cup of Kopi Luwak ever. This is an exotic variety of coffee, and as I am always open to try exotic flavors, I gave it a go.

English: Piti luwak.
English: Piti luwak. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Due to price and availability, I do not think that it will become my daily fare.

The aroma of the coffee was sweet, with a touch of fruit.

The first impression upon tasting this coffee was one of high acidity, maybe even sourness. Maybe I was not expecting what was in my cup.  On my second sip came different sensations. This coffee was complex, with only a very little of bitterness that was overpowered by a sweet, nutty and fruity drink with a very good body to it. A small hint of wood with a good aftertaste that lasted for more than my  walk back home.

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Thirty minutes after I finished my coffee, I still have a pleasant aftertaste on the tip and sides of my tongue. A subtle sweetness if you will.

For me is tastes better than Jamaica Blue Mountain, that in my humble opinion is a coffee with little body and character that does not live up to expectations. And both coffees are really more hype than anything else.

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The Kopi Luwak I tasted was a good coffee, but not a great coffee, and certainly not worthy of becoming my daily drink or yours. And it does not justify the price tag.

I assure you it will not replace my daily Illy or my ordinary cup of plain coffee made with some Mexican, Costa Rican or Colombian coffee.

See you next time.

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Salt in your coffee

 

 

I have seen people put salt in their coffee before, and at first believed it was by mistake. Later I learned it was a method of reducing bitterness. That is right, if you encounter an overly bitter coffee, before tossing it out you might give a try at a little pinch of salt to save the day. Salt as a flavor enhancer  will bring out the taste in that badly brewed coffee.

 

Just remember good coffee needs nothing at all added to it. No salt, no sugar, no alcohol…nothing at all.

 

And by the way, why don’t you take a look at the post Beyond Cream and Sugar: Coffee With Cheese, Eggs and Reindeer Bones in the Food&Think blog of  the Smithsonian from a couple of years ago.