While in Moscow during the spring of 2006, Princess Mathilde from Belgium visited the most luxurious restaurant in the Russian capital city where the Café Liégeois Company from Battice, Belgium, proposes a 50$ cup of coffee. Princess Mathilde didn’t try the famous drink but went back home with a precious individual serving in her handbag.
Kopi Luwak is indeed the most expensive coffee in the world. At this moment, it is out of stock in the Café Liégeois shop in Battice where the connoisseur can try it at a price between 25 and 30 € a cup. “We serve it just after roasting for a better conservation. We only sell about 10 cups a year …” You can also try that exceptional coffee in Antwerp, in Gunther Watté’s Chocoladecafé where a small glass costs 12 €.
In Battice, Charles Liégeois, the boss and pioneer, explains that he has been exclusively roasting that very special coffee for about 10 years. It is highly appreciated in Russia and in the United States. “It’s just like Petrus wine. It is rare and expensive!”
The crop is poor, only 230 kilos a year (sold 1,000$ a kilo). The coffee comes indeed from the luwak, a civet that lives in the coffee plantations in Indonesia. The animal only eats the ripest beans (the best ones!) and since it cannot digest them, it just rejects them. While going through the digestive tract, the beans undergo some kind of fermentation which gives them an incomparable flavour… that true coffee connoisseurs love so much.