Haas 67 Rose Street- Bo Kaap
Haas design collective, home of the Kopi Luwak – at R80 a cup you will have the pleasure of enjoying this unique blend of coffee beans picked from the poo of the Palm Civet a tree dwelling marsupial which looks like a cross between a cat and a weasel.
Civets live in the foliage of plantations across Southeast Asia. These fussy foragers pick the best and ripest coffee berries. Enzymes in their digestive system break down the flesh of the fruit before the animals expel the bean.
Produced mainly on the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago, and also in the Philippines- natives collect the droppings and after gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness, widely noted as the most expensive coffee in the world. The forest distributes around 500kgs of these sought after beans yearly.
This is clearly not in the interest of many unless you have a fine palette for coffee beans. I can’t say it’s mine either, but as a coffee lover to my fellow coffee lovers it’s worth a try. Tick off the bucket list for some of us perhaps.
Haas, situated at 67 Rose street, Bo – Kaap has the the sought after Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee on their menu as well. They do however have less significant blends ranging from R16.00 a cup, so enjoy the quaint decor and rich heritage of the Bo-Kaap while sipping on a cup of coffee albeit R16.00 or R80.00.
Common Palm Civet
Droppings from which the Kopi Luwak is extracted from.
Kopi Luwak farmers sorting their gatherings.