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.

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