ジャコウネコ・コーヒー

Kopi Luwakは、本当はインドネシア語です。

Kopi Luwak is described as earthy, syrupy, with rich jungle and chocolate undertones. The Indonesian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) gorges on the sweet flesh of coffee cherries. Once the animal has digested the fruit, the beans are excreted intact, collected from the faeces, then dried and roasted to produce the rare brew.

Massimo Marcone( University of Guelph, Canada)investigated the effect of the civet's gut on the coffee and found that in a process known as intestinal fermentation, gastric juices and digestive enzymes penetrate the coffee cherry, causing proteins to break down and the beans to become brittle and dark in colour. Since proteins make coffee bitter, less protein means less bitterness.

Nature Australia winter 2005

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