Indonesian cat-poo coffee producers deny mislabelling
JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesian producers of gourmet coffee made from beans excreted by civet cats denied on Friday they were routinely misleading consumers after a report said coffee from caged animals had been labelled "wild".
The Indonesian Kopi Luwak Association also defended the practice of keeping the weasel-like creatures in cages to make the coffee, saying it was fine as long as the end product was clearly labelled.
"Kopi Luwak" has found its way to cafes around the world in recent years, and is one of the world's most expensive coffees.
The Asian palm civets sniff out and eat top-quality coffee berries and then defecate the fruit, giving it a rich creamy flavour.