You stirred up a hornets nest with your question. As you have probably gathered, Kopi Luwak is not well thought of here. It's like asking about cryogenically treated speaker cables on Audioholics.
There are a lot of really great coffees from all parts of the world. Most of the coffees that get some buzz are overrated or at least overpriced. If you want a really nice but slightly spendy coffee, I would suggest a nice Hawaiian Kona or a Puerto Rico Yauco Selecto. Maybe a Yemen would also be a good choice.
Yes, Len. My friend loves drinking coffee and he started getting me into it as well. I thought this would be a good forum for me to learn more about various kinds of coffee. Those sarcastic comments were uncalled for. They could have simply explained the background without bashing me. I appreciate those who had the courtesy to give me information without being sarcastic, but I won't post anymore due to the other unnecessary comments. Thanks.
Well then, on behalf of all here I wish to extend an apology for ourselves pooh-poohing your genuine interest in the luwak coffee.
"Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water." ~The Women's Petition Against Coffee, 1674
LOL, high end audio is one of my other passions, you comparison is perfectly valid! My personal stance on cables (how did we get there?) is that the speaker side of things, esp for short runs, wire is wire and pretty much 14 gauge zip cord bought at the big box store is just as good as $1K a foot audio fool wire.
On things like interconnects, where the signal is MUCH lower and MUCH more easily damaged by interfearance then better cables will make a difference but even then you have the point of diminishing returns and .... my PERSONAL view is much more than $25 or so for a 1 m cable is not going to make a lot of difference. At least not to my 57 year old, abused by industry, shooting sports, military service ears!
If you REALLY want to waste money, lets spend big bucks on POWER cables, I mean really how much good it is going to do you to have an ULTRA premium power cord 6 feet long when you connect it to miles of EDISON non audio fool wire that has more dirty power on it than a hog in a mud wallow, I mean, really, what do you expect those 6 feet of wire to do? :P :P :P
Back to your regularly scheduled coffee discussion :D
In real life, my name is Wayne P. Anything I post is personal opinion and is only worth as much as anyone else's personal opinion. YMMV!
Feed the newbs, starve the trolls and above all enjoy what you drink!
Posted Sun Mar 16, 2014, 6:44am Subject: Re: Kopi Luwak Coffee
I owned a company called Pure Logic, which was essentially a "one man band" that was active during the nineties creating technical equipment largely based on chaos and complexity models. Among other things it (I) made and designed high-end audio cable. You'd be surprised at what does and doesn't matter, how human beings perceive sound and what makes some reproduction emotionally satisfying while other reproduction is annoying. It's very complicated and not well understood -- not even by "experts."
Kopi Luwak is an interesting thought, but lousy coffee.
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Posted Sun Mar 16, 2014, 8:31am Subject: Re: Kopi Luwak Coffee
If you want to make a nice gift of coffees for an enthusiast, you might want to look online and select some choice offerings of Kona coffees sold directly by the growers on the Kona Coast hills in Hawaii. There are several growers who roast their farm produce and sell online; you will be getting high quality coffees from single farm origin and grown to strict quality standards.
Posted Sun Mar 16, 2014, 9:23am Subject: Re: Kopi Luwak Coffee
Brenda, I can recommend Velton's Bonsai Blend for its complexity, chocolate flavor, and just great overall balance. It also will reveal a nice hint of orange flavor on a good day. The peak from roast date tends to be well past 5-6 days, so it is a good candidate for mail order. Or, if you prefer a (very) slightly darker roast, with more of a full-bodied flavor, try Velton's Twilight Blend. It tends to peak late after roast as well.
I've got some reviews for you as well, but they're on a competitor's site. Just google the following for a review on Bonsai Blend:
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