Civet coffee may be brewed in a variety of ways just as any coffee may be brewed. You can even enjoy a Civet coffee espresso!
The most common method of brewing Civet coffee is either using the filter-drip method (with a metal or paper filter) or using a French Press.
The Phin Filter
In Vietnam where single cups of Vietnam Civet coffee is often sold by the cup in coffee houses, a traditional Phin filter is often used to create the coffee.
A Phin filter is typically stainless steel with three parts: a filter, screw-on damper, and a lid. The filter is placed on top of the cup, about two or three teaspoons of roasted and ground coffee is placed in the filter, and then the damper is screwed on snugly but not tight.
The coffee cup is then filled about one-third full with hot water. After waiting twenty seconds you unscrew the damper about two turns and fill the cup full of hot water and placed the lid on and wait a few minutes for the water to drip through.
Iced Civet Coffee
In addition to hot brewed coffee, Civet coffee is also often prepared as an iced coffee. This is fairly common in Indonesia where Civet coffee is known as Kopi Luwak.
Brewing Civet coffee as an iced beverage is said to reveal some unique flavors that can be found nowhere else in the coffee world, and these particular tastes and aromatic qualities do not shine through using traditional hot brewing methods.
Discovering Specialty Coffees from Around the Globe
To brew the perfect cup of coffee see our tips for coffee brewing. We also provide detailed coffee flavor profiles of all the best coffees from around the world.
History buffs should check out the World's Best History of Coffee. Coffee connoisseurs will be delighted with the most comprehensive coffee and espresso term explanations found anywhere in the Coffee and Espresso Glossary.
To brew a hearty and aromatic shot of espresso see Pulling A Perfect Espresso Shot and How to make Lattes and Cappuccinos, then try some of our detailed Espresso Drink Recipes.
Where is Civet Coffee found?
Civet Coffee is produced by various countries including:
- Vietnam Civet Coffee
- Indonesian Civet Coffee
- Philippine Civet Coffee (including Bantai Civet Coffee and Arengga Civet Coffee)
More Kopi-Luwak / Civet Coffee Information
- Civet Coffee From Tree to Cup
- Civet Coffee - Buying the World's Most Expensive Coffee
- Civet Coffee FAQ
- The Asian Palm Civet
- Civet Coffee - What Happens to the Bean in the Civet's Stomach
- Jacu Bird Coffee
For a bit of levity see Adventures of a Civet Coffee Hunter and Top Ten Reasons To Drink Animal-Processed Coffee!
Also see Simulated Civet Coffee, and Fake Civet Coffee.
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