Move Over Kopi Lewak

The Early Bird Gets the Bean?

From the Strange But True (it has to be because I read it online) Department…

Muruk Coffee — a curious project in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea may have the civet cat looking for a new gig.

The idea: feed ripe coffee cherries to the cassowary bird, collect its droppings, and process the “naturally fermented” coffee beans for a unique and rare coffee taste sensation. A sensation, we imagine, that might be sold for a silly price to silly people.

Next… we’ll see what happens when I feed coffee cherries to my neurotic golden retriever.

Just kidding.



  1. Glad to see you find the “processing” of coffees like these to be such a ridiculous effort. Shouldn’t they call them “partially digested” rather than “naturally fermented”? I guess that doesn’t have quite the same marketing ring to it though.

  2. I’m all for unique coffee sensations, but I find a fruity Harrar or a winey Kenyan excites me a lot more than beans pooped by [insert your favorite mammal or bird here].

    Having said that, I’ve never tried Kopi Lewak, or Muruk coffee… it may simply be that I’m unaware of the bliss that I’m missing. Raven’s Brew Coffee in Ketchikan, Alaska no longer offers Kopi Lewak… but they still have an intriguing line-up of beans and blends. And, at this moment, I’ve got two of their offerings en route: their Resurrection Blend, and Cherry Karma, a natural process coffee from Ballinoor Estate in India… one of those places where a natural process is simply something they don’t do.

    Lookin’ forward to them, and I’ll review both here.

  3. A friend sent some Deadman’s Reach a couple of years ago and I have to say it wasn’t a favorite…but then, I don’t like acidic coffees. I found Deadman’s to be overly bright and tangy and not my style, but that may have had something to do with the brew method as well (French press). I’ll be very interested to read your reviews of their other coffees.

  4. There will always be those who will have to have the new product. I am jus not one of them; well not for that type of product.

  5. Ya know, I was skeptical. But despite my attitude, I have to say I loved it. Arguably the most enjoyable cup of coffee I ever tasted… Worth the price? Well, it’s cheaper than many very fine single malts and just as delighting. If you love coffee, then try it!



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