Pawon Luwak Coffee Cafe

The Incredible History Behind of Civet Coffee since Dutch Colonial Era in Indonesia

Having a tour in the city of Magelang is not only must visit to the temple of Borobudur, one of the largest Buddhist temples in the world. However, you can also visit to one of the Buddhist temples whose existence cannot be separated with Borobudur temple, the Pawon Temple. Pawon Temple located right in the middle between Borobudur Temple and Mendut Temple. In fact, Pawon Temple located in the area of Borobudur temple. It is said, the third temple between; Borobudur, Pawon and Mendut, cannot be separated from each other. In addition, the form is almost similar. The three temples also located in a straight line. It is according experts’ strong prediction to conclude that the three temples have a meaningful relationship.

Talking about Pawon temple, you need to know one more place that you should not miss, Pawon Luwak Coffee. A cafe serves authentic civet coffee to try. The cafe located rights in front of the Pawon Temple. So, you can enjoy the beauty of this Buddhist temple while sipping the world’s most expensive coffee with its flavors knowing all around the world. In Pawon Luwak Coffee, you not just can enjoy drinking a cup of original Civet Coffee, but you are also invited to know the process of making civet coffee, ranging from fermentation by a Lawake, Indonesian name of Civet, into the drying process, until the cup of coffee process is ready to serve.


Enjoying a Cup of Coffee at Pawon Luwak Coffee Cafe

Enjoying a cup of coffee in Pawon Luwak Coffee Cafe, you can experience an unforgettable exotic experience. The reason is, in addition to the building’s architecture design of strongly dominated by Ancient Javanese Style; the cafe also looks very united with the nature. At the back yard, you can also see a vast coffee plantation, where the civets, Paradoxurus Hermaphroditus species, are hunting the selected coffee beans. The civet chooses the ripe and good quality coffee cherries only to eat. Then, the fermentation process of coffee is begun naturally. The beans inside civet’s stomach cannot be digested. They will be out with civet’s feces.

Civet eats only part of cherries of coffee fruit. The civet’s digestion is not able to destroy the coffee beans eaten. After civet defecates, the selected coffee beans inside the feces still look intact. From this civet, then civet coffee is created, a coffee with high-taste flavor and currently listed as one of the world’s most expensive coffee.

In Pawon Luwak Coffee Cafe, you do not can see the coffee preparation but also can witness the process of choosing coffee beans and fermentation done by civet. However, you can also play with some civets in the plantation, or just take pictures to keep the moment through photographs.

History of Civet Coffee

The history of civet coffee actually is inseparable with the history of coffee cultivation in Indonesia, at the early of the 18th century. At that time, the Dutch opened commercial plantations in their colonies in the Dutch East Indies, mainly on Java and Sumatra Islands. One of them was Arabica coffee plantation with seeds imported from Yemen. In the era of “Forced Cultivation” or Cultuurstelsel (1830-1870), the Dutch forbade indigenous plantation workers picking coffee cherries for personal consumption. However, local residents also wanted to try the coffee’s taste to drink. Finally, local people found a kind of civet; an animal likes to eat coffee cherries.

The animal is known as Lawake, Indonesian name of civet. Civet eats only the flesh of coffee cherries, while its digestion is not able to digest the hard coffee beans. Not only those, the epidermis and beans of coffee beans keep undamaged. Starting from the curiosity over the taste from coffee beverages, then the indigenous people began picking up the civet droppings. After the dirt was washed, then roasted, and pounded into powder, finally, a selective civet coffee powder is created and ready to be brewed with hot water.

Unexpectedly, the civet coffee powder apparently have a very delicious flavor, and a very typical smell. Then, the existence of civet coffee beans were heard by the Dutch colonial. They were curious and made civet coffee powder too. As time went by, civet coffee became a favorite of the Dutch rich people. Because of the scarcity and the unique coffee making process, then slowly Civet Coffee became one of the most expensive coffees since the colonial era until today.


Pawon Luwak Coffee Cafe, Famous into All around the World

Not much different from the history of civet coffee itself, Aji Pranada as the owner of Pawon Luwak Coffee Cafe also admitted that to produce Civet Coffee requires a long process. Starting from the selective process to choose the best coffee beans by civet into the following process takes at least one week until the coffee is ready to serve. From here, then, if you witness the long making process of civet coffee in this cafe, then you will realize several steps in coffee making process, including from fermentation process by wild civet, washing, drying, roasting, and pounding the coffee beans.

More interestingly, enjoying coffee in this cafe seemed being carried by the ancient Javanese atmosphere. Moreover, the cafe uses building with a thick classical Javanese style for its architecture design. You can also enjoy the fresh air because the cafe is surrounded by trees. At the back yard, there is a coffee plantation, a place you can visit, or enjoy while sitting and drinking a cup of civet coffee. Sometimes, if you are lucky, you can see civet in action choosing coffee cherries selectively. The last but not the least, of course you can also enjoy the view of Pawon Temple standing not too far from cafe, just right in front of the cafe.

The overwhelming experience to enjoy a cup of civet coffee for hours in Pawon Luwak Coffee Cafe cannot be described only by words, because of the beauty of the scenery around the cafe, and the pleasure presented from a cup of civet coffee processed in the traditional way. No wonder if many visitors of this cafe not only come from domestic area but also from other countries, mostly are foreign tourists.

Pawon Luwak Coffee Cafe Location

Pawon Luwak Coffee Cafe located at Candy Pawon Street, Wanurejo, Borobudur, and Magelang. It is precisely in front of Pawon Temple. The location of Pawon Temple itself is between Mendut and Borobudur Temples, or about 1750 meters from Borobudur Temple to the east and 1150 m from Mendut Temple to the west. If you are curious to visit this incredible civet coffee cafe, you can directly contact us. We will accompany your trip with our best service.

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