An Expensive Coffee – But What Is It?

One of the world’s most expensive coffees is called Kopi Luwak, which translates to “Civet Coffee”, and as the name suggests, a civet is involved – an Asian Palm Civet to be exact.

Ok, I bet you’re thinking what is a civet, and how is it involved – what has it got to do with coffee – well prepare to be grossed out.

A Civet is a small cat-like animal native to south and south east Asia, and to put it bluntly, they “produce” Kopi Luwak via their digestive system.

Asian palm civets select cherries to eat, which then travel through their digestive system and are excreted with other waste, the coffee producers then harvest the cherries from the other waste ready to be sold.

Traditionally, “farmers” would farm the waste from wild civets, however it is now more common for battery farms where civets are kept in captivity in small cages in order to easily farm the excreted material which makes up Kopi Luwak.

Kopi Luwak can cost up to $700 per kg, whereas the farmers are paid a mere $20 per kg, so it really is a lucrative business.

At $700/kg Kopi Luwak is almost as expensive as black ivory coffee ($1100/kg).

Unlike other coffees, Kopu Luwak may vary in flavour from batch to batch due to the beans the civets eat varying – and also the digestion system of each animal varying, so if someone who has experienced drinking this coffee is asked what it tastes like, it may differ greatly from another drinker’s experience.

So remember, if you decide to try out this slightly novel coffee, and don’t think much of the taste, choose your words wisely when describing it, or you may be slightly too literal!


Coffee Enema – How and Why?

Many people enjoy a morning coffee to kick-start their day, or a nice coffee after a meal, or as a general pick me up, but how many of you use coffee as an enema? We’re guessing not many of you!

So let’s get on to the why.

  • A coffee enema can reduce the toxins in your body by a significant amount
  • It cleans, and can help heal the colon
  • Can increase energy levels, and also your mood
  • Can improve digestion and help reduce bloating
  • Can detox the liver and help promote repairing of liver damage

Ok so it sounds like there may be some health benefits, but how exactly do you do it?

Firstly you’ll need an enema kit, we recommend a traveler’s kit as it is more discrete, and can be taken with you on holiday, but the traditional bucket type kits work just as well.

Secondly you’ll need Coffee – ensure it is caffeinated, you won’t receive any of the benefits from decaf, so a good organic coffee is the best.

The best time to do your coffee enema is just after you’ve evacuated your bowels, this way you can retain the enema for longer before you need to go to the toilet again.

You need around 30 – 45 minutes to prepare, take 2 tablespoons of your coffee and 3 cups of water, put them into a saucepan and bring to the boil, then allow to simmer for 15 minutes.

Once the coffee has been simmering for 15 minutes, turn off the heat and leave it to cool, it generally takes around 15 minutes – you want it to be luke warm, or around body temperature, you can test this with a clean finger, but be sure that it has cooled sufficiently before checking it!

Now on to the enema itself, it is best to do this in the bathroom so you’re near the toilet – we recommend bringing a pillow, and maybe a magazine or some other light reading material.

Take your coffee and enema kit to the bathroom and assemble the kit, find somewhere to hang the bag or bucket (at least 1m above the floor) and then pour your coffee into the bag/bucket.

Turn on the nozzle with the hose above the bath or sink until the coffee flows freely, then turn it off – this is to get rid of any air bubbles in the system.

Get some coconut oil or other suitable lubricant, and lay down on your right side with your knees pulled up towards your chest.

Apply your lubricant to the nozzle of the enema and insert it into the rectum, roughly 1 inch inside should do. Once it is in and you are comfortable, turn on the nozzle. Allow the enema to flow until the bag or bucket is empty, then remain in your current position, or with your legs above head height for 15 minutes.

You may feel like you need to go to the toilet urgently, but retain it for as long as possible – 15 minutes is all that’s needed, so hang in there! Once 15 minutes have passed, carefully get up and go to the toilet.

That’s all there is to it, you should now feel lighter in body and mind, but what’s going on inside is the real benefit!

Be sure to clean your kit up with a mild detergent and warm water, and dry it off afterwards, then it’s all ready for your next adventure!

Coffee Helps Burn Fat?

Studies have shown that Coffee may aid fat-loss, particularly in the younger generation.

Have you ever noticed that many fat burning supplements contain, amongst other things, caffeine?

There’s a good reason for this — Simply put, because it works. Research by the American Journal of Physiology found that caffeinated coffee increased the bodys lipid oxidation, the process which degrades fat, by 10% in obese and overweight woman, and up to a massive 29% in slim/healthy weight women!

The effects diminish as your age increases, however studies show that the effects are similar, although not quite as prevalent in older people.

Caffeine can also help increase metabolism by up to 10%, if you have a slow metabolic rate, drinking caffeinated coffee (or more coffee than normal) may help increase your metabolism and in turn help with weightloss and fat burn in general.

So if you’re looking to shift a few extra pounds in time for the holiday season, then drinking coffee may increase your chances of reaching your goals!

Kicking The Coffee Habit

Have you been trying to quit your coffee “habit”?

Let us ask you one thing, WHY?

Before you take the plunge and give up coffee, you may like to know it may not be so bad for you after all. In fact, coffee is actually rumored to have several health benefits. One study even claims that a single cup of coffee per day can reduce your risk of having Parkinsons disease by up to 50%!

Coffee contains Potassium, Vitamin B3 and magnesium, and is a huge source of antioxidants which help to cleanse the body, and reduce the effects of health issues associated with inflamation, such as arthritis and  heart disease.

A Study by the Journal of the American Medical Association showed evidence that drinking coffee can reduce the risk of getting type II diabetes. The studies looked at both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, both of which showed similar results. The benefit of drinking coffee actually increased with the amount of cofee drank, at 28 percent people drinking at least four cups per day, and around 35 percent when six or more cups were consumed in a day.

But wait! Just because coffee is good for you, we don’t recommend that you increase your daily intake instead of stopping it, like everything, coffee should be drank in moderation, drinking 10 cups per day may for example reduce your risk of parkinsons, but it may increase your risk of other health issues at the same time – not a worthwhile trade-off in our opinion.

So in short, if you’re thinking of cutting out coffee from your life, make sure you go in with your eyes wide open – you’re cutting out the benefits as well as the risks.