How Kopi Luwak coffee is made

Regularly we visit the producers of our confidence directly in the Gayo highlands. So we can regularly convince ourselves of the quality of the production.

The production of the famous Kopi Luwak is still surrounded by numerous myths and misconceptions. What does this coffee have to do with a cat, why does it have so few bitter substances and why is it so expensive?


Plays the lead role for Kopi Luwak.

In connection with the legendary Kopi Luwak you have certainly heard the word “cat coffee“. Although this term provides a good first indication of the unusual, almost bizarre way in which the coffee is produced, it is not a good idea to use the word “cat coffee” in this context. However, this is not quite exact. We would be pleased to explain to you what makes Luwak coffee so special.

The Spotted Musang is a species of Sneaky Cat, which occurs mainly in the tropical rainforest climate of Asia. Its special feature? It feeds on absolute gourmet level. With its fine palate, this nocturnal nibbling cat constantly goes in search of coffee cherries.

The Musang proceeds extremely choosy. Only the very best and ripest fruits are suitable for him. When the coffee cherries are eaten, the whole magic happens: the outer fruit flesh is decomposed in the digestive tract of the Musang. The inner kernel, the actual bean, however, remains intact and is fermented until it is excreted.



It is precisely this fermentation that has a tremendous effect on the coffee bean: the caffeine content is reduced, the aroma is somewhat milder overall, but some nuances are intensified at the same time. Many admirers of Kopi Luwak coffee speak of a slightly peppery note, with a very long-lasting finish, almost reminiscent of syrup and unparalleled.

Fortunately, one day, resourceful coffee farmers discovered this phenomenon. They collected the beans secreted by the Spotted Musangs, laid them out to dry and then roasted them. The coffee they made from them was immediately perceived as a precious speciality.

This is an enormous gain for coffee connoisseurs around the world today, as now we too can enjoy the extraordinary pleasure of Kopi Luwak.

But unfortunately this lucrative procedure also has some negative consequences for the collectors of the luwak beans. Whenever a profitable business sector opens up, greed for profit is aroused and imitators are lured with sometimes fraudulent schemes. In the coffee-growing areas, some malicious people came up with the idea of capturing stain musangs, keeping them in cages and feeding them permanently and exclusively with coffee beans. Which is torture for the animals, as they are used to moving freely and only eat selected coffee cherries. The overproduction of Kopi Luwak caused in this way is at the expense of the slow cat, the quality of the coffee and damages the reputation of the entire industry.



It is a matter close to our heart to make this taste sensation accessible to coffee connoisseurs in Europe. It is at least as important to us to do this under absolutely environmentally friendly conditions.

Malua takes a clear position against the caging of the Spotted Musangs and only works with coffee farmers who appreciate the welfare of the animals as much as we do and who search for and pick up the coffee beans that are excreted in the wild.

This results in a higher purchase price for us, which we are however willing to pay in the spirit of fair trade. If you as a lover of the true Kopi Luwak appreciate this value, we are all the more pleased.


On a round trip through Indonesia we were looking for a coffee farmer who could guarantee us two things: fair conditions for himself, his employees and the Sneak cats as well as original Kopi Luwak in the very best quality.

Since Indonesia is a beautiful country with sublime natural landscapes, it was not difficult for us to travel to the individual islands. Nevertheless, it was necessary to visit quite a few coffee plantations on Java, Sulawesi and Sumatra. After all, we did not want to compromise on either of the two decisive factors. At some point the time had come. On Sumatra we were literally drawn up the mountains, densely overgrown in lush green, to finally meet the coffee producer in the Gaya highlands who fulfilled all our expectations.



Enjoy the legendary Kopi Luwak coffee without regrets or guilty conscience. 

Malua coffee comes 100 percent from free living Musangs from the Goya highlands.