- This product is 100% Arabica Sumatra Gayo Luwak Coffee Whole Beans
- Our coffee beans are all hand-picked, manually sorted, sun-dried, and roasted to perfection
- This luwak coffee is perfect for a gift for coffee lovers and coffee connoisseurs
- This 100 gr bag makes about 10 cups of coffee
Warning — not safe
I tried it without any cream or sugar, as was suggested. It had a pretty pleasant, mellow flavor. It wasn’t nearly as acidic as most coffees but you have to have a pretty distinguishing pallet to appreciate it. I added cream just to test it out and indeed, it ended up tasting like normal coffee.
I give this one star because after I drank it, I ended up running a fever of 102 degrees that lasted for a week and a half. I finally went to the hospital and they found ileitis on a CT scan of my abdomen and confirmed it with a colonoscopy. They found no damage consistent with an autoimmune disease, like Crohn’s, and they ruled out everything except a bacterial infection. They gave me Flagyl and my fever finally broke. The ileum is where the bacteria from your stomach gets concentrated as the contents are processed into your small intestine, and it was consistent with an infection from a pathogenic source, at exactly the right timeframe, so it was almost certain that I got this from drinking the coffee.
I thought after the cleaning, roasting and brewing, it would be safe, but think about it: the cleaning wouldn’t be done with an antiseptic, because doing that would contaminate and ruin the beans. Pathogens could still live within the cracks of the beans. Roasting still doesn’t eliminate the risk of cross-contamination, and when you’re brewing it, as in a French press as I did, the temperature may well not be high enough (they tell you not to boil coffee as that ruins it) to kill the pathogens. Remember that these beans passed through a creature’s digestive tract and you’re drinking the extract.
I’m sure not everyone will get sick, but it is a risk. I never thought I’d get sick, but I did. So use caution and if you start vomiting or running a fever after you drink this, get some appropriate antibiotic from your local PCP. As for me, I’ll never drink this again. The experience was not fun.
THE smoothest coffee I’ve ever had, seriously…
Smooth as a baby civet’s behind!
A MUST TRY!!
Smooth But A Little Too Expensive For Everyday Consumption
We both like strong coffee and this was certainly strong. A 100gm bag was more than enough for a 10-cup pot with some leftover. It didn’t smell any different nor did it taste any different, unfortunately. (Mind you, I’m not comparing this to stuff like Folgers or Starbucks. I’m comparing it to the Malaysian coffee I’m used to.) It was strong but smooth – it didn’t have the “rancid” taste (not sure if I’m explaining the taste correctly) that some cheaper coffee tend to have and neither did it have a charred flavor like burnt beans. Unfortunately, it still had a hint of bitterness toward the end of the sip. I tried it black at first to experience the taste unadulterated by anything but couldn’t stand it. (I never could drink black coffee anyway.) A packet of sugar made it pleasant but still retain its coffee-ness.
As an experiment, it was worth it, albeit a little expensive. I don’t think I’ll be purchasing more of this – it’s an ok coffee. I would drink it if presented with it but I won’t go out of my way to get it. Just a little too expensive for everyday drinking. I’ll stick to my Malaysian coffee – sweet, smooth, and buttery, almost.
Amazing Customer Service!
I ordered a bag of Luwak Star Coffee this weekend to send as a gift for a family member, crossed my fingers, and hoped it would arrive in time despite ordering very late. Just two days later, after noticing the delivery address was different from the billing address, the owner of Luwak Star emailed to ask if the coffee was a gift. She said that if so, she would be happy to include a card in the package. I was floored. What an incredibly considerate gesture. I even told her that I had placed the order too late and was worried it wouldn’t arrive in time for a birthday. She responded right away and said she would be happy to visit the post office and look into rush shipping for me.
There are several options for purchasing quality coffee on Amazon, but this type of service is rare, worth supporting, and will keep me coming back. I’ll make sure to follow up on this review once we have a chance to enjoy the coffee!
No bitterness and goes down smooth and easy
Excellent customer service
Smooth, chocolate/carmel hints, no acidity
Pretty good coffee & i’m someone who doesn’t drink it much
You have to be a coffee lover….
The packaging was standard USPS shipping package. Ordered May 1st and arrived May 5th, where it was estimated to arrive between the 8th and 23rd. Ships out of California, so if you live closer, it will probably be sooner.
The package contains the whole, roasted beans, so you’ll need to grind it to your desired texture. The included instructions were nice, but following them for a French press delivered a slightly weak cup. The coffee was smooth, slightly chocolatey in undertones. Debating doing an espresso brew with it.
Overall, you can’t go wrong if you purchase this. But you have to love coffee to appreciate it for what it is.