Probably only the rich or those who shop in Harrods probably will only know about this special type of coffee. Kopi Luwak’ is a coffee which comes predominantly from Indonesian and is made from coffee cherries which have been partly digested and then excreted by, the luwak a wild cat-like animal.
The coffee is very rare hence the large asking price as crops can be hard to collect. However demand has seen a murky market to collect this coffee bean, by illegally poaching and caging the luwak and imprisoning them and force feeding them the coffee cherries so they excrete the beans. They are kept in horrendous conditions just so the rich can have the ‘coffee’.
I signed a petition to day to compel Harrods to stop selling this coffee and thus hopefully encouraging other high end retailers to do the same and then demand could drop and the suffering can stop if it is not profitable.
There are many brutal practices against animals across the world, many of which we probably are unable to stop in the UK. But if we can make a change in the public here in the UK then maybe as demand drops changes can be made and we can cease cruel practices against animals for human greed.
Image courtesy of Steel Wool