Poop Coffee (aka Kopi Luwak)

 by:TheJarrett818

We are on vacation. We were in Penang, Malaysia and now we’re in Singapore. I am really sorry about not updating, the internet was very slow there. Anyway I got the rare opportunity to try Kopi Luwak. A coffee made from coffee beans harvested from the poop of Civets. It was only MR$35, about US$11 (malaysian ringgit – MR$3 = US$1). Normally in other parts of the world it costs about US$300 per cup. I usually can”t dink coffee but this was a special occasion.  Anyway we went to a local coffee shop call the gusto cafe, in Tanjong Bungah neighborhood. I tried it straight drip, and as a latte. Anyway enough gibberish, let’s get on to the coffee. 

Gusto Cafe - Penang, Malaysia

image   image  They look like normal coffee beans but they smell like chocolate and citrus, and you can almost taste it just by smelling the beans.image image

So first I will talk about the straight drip.I really enjoyed this because of it’s flavor. It was very strong, but the flavor was not bitter, a little close to bitter but not bitter. It was also very smooth and silky. It also had an aftertaste, I thought the aftertaste was very interesting, it was not very harsh and bitter like most coffee. It was very smooth and had lots of flavor. But what was the most interesting was the aftertaste lingers on the front of your tongue;  unlike the latte version which lingers on the back of your tongue. Now onto the latte review.  wpid-20130701_101156-1.jpg image

The latte was the version i tried first. It was very interesting because unlike the drip the aftertaste is closer to bitterness.I have no problem with bitterness, but was very different than I had expected. Also there was another thing about the latte, unlike most coffee where adding milk only adds creaminess; adding milk to kopi luwak dramatically changes its flavor. It becomes a lot stronger and the texture changes. So that’s the Kopi Luwak review. Over all I really enjoyed the coffee, it was very different from my expectations, but in a good way. I rate it a 10/10. I also had a special treat, another kind of coffee that me and my mom tried.     imageimage

We (me and my mom) also tried kopi tubruk, which was very different than most coffee. The coffee beans are roasted in sugar, so the coffee is sweet, but not in the candy sweet way. You drink it very differently, you drink it on a plate, not in a cup The reason you drink like that is so the coffee beans stay at the top. I found this was very different than Kopi Luwak, mainly in taste. This coffee was smooth, but not very silky, but also sweet. Overall I really enjoyed this coffee, I will rate it a 9/10. image  

Fremont BBQ Extravaganza Review

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On Sunday I went to the Fremont BBQ Extravaganza. It was a really hot day but not as hot as the day of the Food Truck Rodeo. We were going to dress my dog, Remy as a hot dog, but then we forgot. I think he was glad we forgot.

20130602_140751-00120130602_140630-001I sampled some BBQ sauce from Bluesman BBQ. There were samples of (from left to right) mild, sweet spice, spicy and smoking hot. I really liked the smoking hot, not just because it was spicy, but because it had more smokey, BBQ flavor and the spiciness added to the flavor.

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There was a long line for the BBQ sandwiches. But we finally got our sandwiches. Unfortunately they were all sold out of grilled corn. But they still had the meat and some salad. Hee hee…don’t tell my mom, but I didn’t eat any salad. There were four kinds of meat, but we only bought three kinds. We got pulled pork, BBQ chicken and brisket. The fourth kind of meat was pastrami. I wish we also got the pastrami.

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I liked them all. I can’t decide which one was the best. And they were probably the best BBQ I’ve ever had in my life. No offense to anyone….even better than my mom’s BBQ ribs (no offense mom).

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My dog Remy really liked the pulled pork too. Pulled pork is his favorite. All because of our family friend, Kit Wah who bribed Remy with pulled pork at Lake Shasta, last year, in order to teach him to swim.

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There were many teams there, competing for the BBQ competition. I got to try a few different samples. One time I got a chicken sample and when I was down to the last bite, I drenched the entire piece in hot sauce and popped it in my mouth. It tasted amazing.20130602_142022-00120130602_144301-001

20130602_144312-001The man from Dances with Smoke started his BBQ grill with a flame thrower!! Warning: this is for professionals ONLY!! Do NOT do this at home. And they had a whole pig.

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There was also a bagel toss competition from Seattle Bagel Bakery. You had to toss the bagels onto a ring. It was very difficult. I almost made it on the last try. But we got sample bagels and they were really delicious and loaded with flavor. I got blueberry and my brother got a pizza flavor. I am still dreaming about those bagels now! Even Remy who doesn’t usually like any carbs, loved the bagels.

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There was an amazing brass band called Tuba Luba. With some of the most amazing music I have ever heard. It was really upbeat and they sounded great. They are playing again at the Fremont Fair on June 23rd. I want to go to listen to them again.

 

 * Photos by my mom