Brewing coffee with just the right method will create a perfect and delightful cup of coffee. That is why brewing methods are that important, especially if you have a special kind of coffee such as Kopi Luwak, which is deemed as one of the most expensive coffees –or even the most expensive coffee– in the world to date. With this kind of coffee, a delicate treatment is of course necessary. You wouldn’t want to brew it recklessly, since it might ruin the entire flavor properties stored in the bean. Kopi Luwak is known for its rich, earthy flavor with some hints of caramel and chocolate. A very interesting and unique aroma that makes this coffee adored by coffee connoisseurs around the world. Thus, we don’t want to mess it up by deliberately using the wrong brewing method on this specialty coffee. Doing it wrong also means a really expensive coffee is wasted, a loss that can easily be avoided if we have the right knowledge.
The fact is, there is no perfect way to brew Kopi Luwak. Because it very much depends on everyone’s personal preferences, how strong or smooth we want our Kopi Luwak to taste. Another crucial factor to consider is our brewing skill. How skillful we are in handling this exclusive coffee will certainly affect the end result. With that in mind, here are three of the best brewing methods that are most suitable with the characters of Kopi Luwak.
The French Press
Some experts consider this method to be the best way to prepare Kopi Luwak since it allows prolonged contact between the water and coffee without boiling the coffee and without resulting in any ground coffee at the bottom of your mug. French press is the ideal method for those who enjoy a full-bodied cup of Kopi Luwak. Due to it having a higher fat content than other coffees, kopi luwak is naturally quite full-bodied. Using a french press can help to exaggerate the heavy mouthfeel. But Kopi Luwak brewed using french press will contain some sediments, so if you are looking for a clean cup of coffee, this may not be for you. The good thing about french press is that it is a user-friendly method for beginners. Everything about it is so simple and straightforward. You don’t need to master a special skill for this method.
V60 Pour Over
Brewing kopi luwak using a V60 dripper is for those of you who want a cleaner, lighter-bodied cup of coffee. The filter used in the V60 ensures that there will be no sediment in your cup. It also blocks most of the oil you tend to get when using other methods that have no paper filter. The V60 method can produce incredible results, still it is a little more difficult for beginners as the pouring technique plays a big role in the outcome. It takes practice to improve the pouring technique, but it is totally worth it.
Invented in 2005 by Stanford engineer Alan Adler, Aeropress is a great brewing method for all types of coffee. So popular in fact that it has its very own brewing championships. Aeropress is an incredibly versatile way to brew kopi luwak. Combining immersion and pressure, there are almost endless variations to this tool. Due to the paper filter, it is also an excellent method for those of you who don’t enjoy sediment or oils in your cup.
So, that is how you brew the most expensive coffee. You don’t need to master them all, just the one that suits your needs and preferences.