Sea Island Coffee – A Kopi Luwak That’s Not Crap

Bill forays into a Kopi Luwak coffee from Sea Island Coffee in the UK.
By Bill Walsh

Subject: Sea Island Coffee
Mugged: Sumatra Kopi Musang
Rating: 4+ [see key]

While I normally strongly push for buying locally, every once in a while it’s interesting to get a product from afar. Similarly, I normally review coffees within the continent but to spice up my pace, I was afforded the chance recently to review some coffee from Sea Island Coffee out of London. Sea Island focuses on rare and well-processed coffees, offering such high-priced beans as Kopi Luwak and Jamaican Blue.

Of the two coffees I received, first up was their Sumatra Kopi Musang, a Kopi Luwak coffee that (refreshingly) lacked all the fancy stickers promising authenticity. More concerned about its overall taste and less about whether it all came from a civet, I plowed into the bag infusing the coffee via drip, siphon and french press.

The drip brought out notes of bourbon, wheat, cranberry, Total (the cereal) and maple syrup amidst a medium body. A good brew that proved sweet and mellow.

The french press held similar flavors, with notes of cherry, maple syrup, biscuits, a bit of bourbon, some bacon and a light/medium body. Also sweet and a little richer than the drip.

The siphon held out cherry, wheat, biscuits, bran and a little milk within a medium body. This sampling had much more of a single dimension to it, though still tasty.

Amongst the Kopi Luwaks I’ve had, this one ranks at the top (sadly I’ve sampled only a few and some weren’t good at all). Amidst coffees, the coffee had a pleasant sweetness along with some hardy notes, but the coffee didn’t have the depth of flavor that I would have liked. Still, if you’re looking for an affordable and decent Kopi Luwak, give Sea Island’s Sumatra Kopi Musang a swirl.

note: coffee was provided free of charge and the above review is objective feedback.

Bill Walsh

Bill Walsh is a contributing writer at Honest Cooking and the fanatic behind the acclaimed Pure Coffee Blog. He gains his inspiration from God, family and coffee, and loves to take each of them on the road as frequently as possible for a solid adventure.

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