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Kopi luwak is made from the beans of coffee berries that have been eaten and excreted—yes, you read that right!—by the Asian palm civet. To make the vile coffee, civets are typically snatched from their homes in the wild and imprisoned in tiny, filthy cages. They're deprived of everything that is natural and important to them, including exercise, a proper diet, and space to roam. They often go insane from the stress of confinement. Deprived of adequate nutrition and confined to wire cages, the animals often lose their fur.
A PETA investigator visited several civet coffee farms and villages in Indonesia and the Philippines, two of the world's top producers of kopi luwak. Undercover footage from these farms—some of which advertise their coffee as "wild-sourced"—shows sick civets suffering from infections and exhibiting signs of zoochosis, a condition in which captive animals constantly spin, pace their cages, and bob their heads in frantic displays of frustration.
In the wild, civets frequently climb trees to reach the coffee berries, but in captivity, they are fed more of the ripe fruit than they would ever eat naturally, leading to nutrient deficiencies. One farmer explained that civets are generally kept caged for a maximum of three years before they're released back into the wild and that the stress of confinement and lack of nutrition cause them to lose their fur. Another farmer compared civets eating too many coffee berries to humans smoking since the civets' health deteriorates greatly during captivity because of lack of vitamins and nutrition. The same farmer told PETA's investigator that some civets don't survive after they are released back into the wild.
While kopi luwak is often advertised as "wild-sourced," farmers told the investigator that it would be nearly impossible to produce exclusively wild-sourced civet coffee and that the industry knowingly mislabels coffee from captive animals. At two farms, the investigator was told that businesses didn't have a problem selling coffee from caged civets with a "100 percent wild-sourced" or similar label. One farmer even gave the investigator a sample of coffee bearing a false label.
If you're not interested in purchasing coffee with a side of animal abuse and dishonesty, then please don't buy kopi luwak.