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kopi luwak

Indonesian. ‘Civet coffee’. Name for a kind of coffee, which is made from coffee berries (fig.) that have been eaten by the Common Palm Civet (fig.), a weasel-like mammal that is also known as the Asian Palm Civet and Toddy Cat, and in Thai referred to as ih-hen thammada. The beans pass largely undigested through its digestive tract and are harvested from its feces. This practice is also known in Vietnam, the Philippines and in East Timor, where this rare and expensive product is known as café chôn/ca phe chon, kape alamid and kafé-laku, respectively. Sometimes referred to as weasel coffee (fig.).