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CosseCoffee
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Posted Wed Jul 25, 2012, 12:29am
Subject: Importing from Indonesia to the US
 

Hi,

I'm trying to import kopi luwak from Indonesia to the United States. Has anyone done this before? I'm sort of just discovering the process step by step, but I've never done it before. I have the source (Arabica from Bandung and Aceh), and I plan on bringing it into the San Francisco, Portland and Seattle regions to begin with.

Can anyone give me some tips?

Thanks.
Leighton
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Posted Thu Jul 26, 2012, 9:03pm
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I would reconsider that.  With all the Luwak on the market lately, it's either fake or someone is force feeding a bunch of captive civets.  Either way, I wouldn't buy that coffee.

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Posted Fri Jul 27, 2012, 12:11am
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Hi Jim,

There's a lot of skepticism out there about the ethicality of the luwak process. Several folks I've mentioned it to immediately say "oh isn't that the coffee that's force fed to the civets?"

While it may exist that way in some places, it's not the case in this particular situation. Quite the opposite actually, these civets are spoiled. They are given a weekly menu of things like meats and vitamin rich food, first and foremost. There is no starvation. The animals are then rewarded with with coffee cherries, which are their favorite food in nature. While they are kept in (very spacious) cages, they are more like pets, as they receive regular vaccinations and check-ups.

I suppose the big obstacle in this endevour is going to be convincing potential buyers that: A) Yes, the coffee is indeed real, and B) the process is completely humane.

A challenging task I must admit, especially if my market is going to be the Pacific Northwest. At any rate, thanks for the input.

Cheers,
Leighton
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Posted Fri Aug 17, 2012, 7:31pm
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I visited a kopi luwak producer (clearly catered for tourists) in Indonesia earlier this spring. They had a bunch of civets in cages that were pretty spacious as cages go (a person could sit in one with plenty of head clearance). Each of the cages had a basket of coffee cherries but the civets I saw (during the day) were just sitting at the back of their cages. Nevertheless, I think we all found the civet cages a little depressing. Then again, we're all city slickers and I gather this is far and away better treatment than industrial egg production.

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