Not sure about you, but our usual morning coffee isn’t quite cutting it any more – we want luxury! And luxury we will have, withKopi Luwak Ruby and Kopi Luwak Diamond, the world’s rarest and most expensivecoffee. Known as‘black gold’ amongst the coffee elite, KL Ruby and Diamond are available by invitation only.
But why is Kopu Luwak so expensive? Otherwise knownas ‘civetcoffee’, the coffee beans areeaten and digested by the Asian palm civet, reducingacidity and improvingfinish.On a small plantation in the Gayo region inSumatra,Indonesia, the beans are hand collected after having been processed by wild civet cats and, combining traditional and contemporary methods, the coffee is finally packaged for thoselucky enought to buy it. The coffee has been deemedthe world’s highest grading standard for Grade A beans for itstriple sorted beans, a standard not seen anywhere else in the world.
Availability for the KL Ruby is limited to less than 1,000 kilogram lots annually for private sale. The KL Diamond ‘Peaberry’ variety is limited to only 100 kilogram lots annually, only 5% ofcoffeebeans produced worldwide are of the Peaberry variety, making it the rarest in the world. Both beans can be mild or dark roasted according to preference and are sold only as whole beans. The inner case ensures a vacuum-sealed environment for optimum freshness and it is recommended that the customer receives 250g ofcoffeeinitially, and the remaining 750g over three quarters in order for thecoffeeto be enjoyed at its peak.
Founders, Richard Hardwick and Neil Reilly share over 20 years of experience in the High Net Worth and Ultra High Net Worth market, with expertise in the diamonds, gems, watches and luxury travel industry. Together with Ade Makmursyah as theircoffeedirector and top KL expert, they set about locating some of the original Kopi Luwak plantations inSumatrato gain a deeper understanding of the incredible, natural processes of gathering these coveted, wild Arabica beans.
With a close personal connection to the area, the founders are committed to supporting thecoffeeproducers of the Gayo region by paying top wages and providing health insurance for both the workers and their families. A substantial percentage of the profits are donated back to the Indonesian people each year. Education is a priority in this part of the world and they are working to have annual educational bursaries available as of 2014 and new schools built in the Gayo region by 2015.
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