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It is quite interesting how a foreign TV channel did a report on kopi luwak recently. They were intrigued by the fact that this very expensive coffee sold in upscale coffee shops or tea salons, including five-star hotels across Europe and the United States, the Middle East and Asia was so costly and only available to the well-to-do. An ordinary citizen cannot afford to pay approximately $50 to $90 for a cup of kopi luwak.
A reporter from this foreign TV channel visited Takengon in Aceh, the center of kopi luwak production in Indonesia. He saw first-hand how the ripe coffee beans were devoured by caged civets, and those living in the wild. The droppings were collected on a daily basis or bought by small farmers for processing. He was horrified by what he saw.
I used to work for a British company in Jakarta that exported kopi luwak, tea, rubber, cocoa, fragrance oils and tobacco in cooperation with their Indonesian counterparts. On a weekly basis, special boxes of kopi luwak were air freighted to Hong Kong for British businessmen there and their Taipan counterparts, these successful businessmen only wanted to drink kopi luwak.
I am not a coffee drinker at all, but I have tasted coffee while living in many different countries on four continents. And frankly speaking, I still do not like the taste of coffee.
In Saudi Arabia, they mix the coffee with cardamon. I could not refuse our kind Saudi hosts and I had to drink it. It tasted awful.
I have known and seen so many coffee drinkers in so many countries and they are like drug addicts. Many spring to life only after drinking coffee in the morning or having their daily coffee fix. These people do not care whether kopi luwak comes from caged civets or those living in the wild. Coffee drinkers do not care where the kopi luwak comes from or how it is processed. These people need their daily cup of coffee.
Written by Lynna Van De Zee-Oemhke.
A goat rice fried stall, known as Nasi Goreng Kambing Kebon Sirih, has been popular since 1958. Originally established by the late Haji Nein, the stall is now run by H. Rahadi or Hadi. According to Hadi, “the flavor of our goat fried rice has been consistently preserved so far.”
The way of preparing the fried rice is unique as the cooks put rice enough for 100 portions of fried rice into one big kuali, a wide-mouthed clay pot for cooking. During holidays or weekends, the stall may have to prepare four kuali’s worth of fried rice.
Interestingly, despite its name, the stall doesn’t exclusively offer goat rice on its menu. Instead, here you can also enjoy other delicious dishes, such as chicken fried rice, goat satay, chicken satay and goat stew. The stall offers a portion of goat fried rice for Rp 22,000 to Rp 37,000.
For those tempted to taste the mouth-watering dish, Nasi Goreng Kambing Kebon Sirih is located in Jl. Kebon Sirih Barat, Jakarta Pusat and is open daily from 5 PM to 10 PM.
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