How to make Luwak coffee? (3 things to consider)

In this article, we will answer the question “How to make Luwak coffee?”, and what are the important factors to consider when brewing Luwak Coffee?

How to make Luwak coffee?

There are 4 brewing methods for Luwak coffee discussed below. Before jumping onto the brewing methods, pay attention to the following things.


Water that is not hot enough will not extract all the goodness of the beans. While too hot water will make the coffee brew bitter. Ideally, water heated to more or less  200℃.


The ideal time for brewing depends on the type of grind. Drip grinds are brewed in 4-6 minutes while course grinds take up to 8 minutes.

Coffee to water ratio

The ideal coffee to water ratio for Luwak coffee is Two tbsp per 60 oz. of water. Obviously, this is not a line drawn on a rock. You can adjust the amounts to suit your personal preference.

Brewing methods 

Pour-over/Manual drip method

Grind fineness, batch size, and proper contact time of the grounds with hot water is required to brew your Luwak using the Pour-over method. In this method, water is poured over the grounds to extract all the flavors while it passes through.


  1. Heat water to a rolling boil in a kettle.
  2. Weigh the whole Luwak beans and grind them fine and evenly. Extra fine grind is not preferred.
  3. Fold a filter paper and adjust it on the basket. The double fold should be placed over the runnel.
  4. Add ground to the filter paper and level them by shaking. Do not pack.
  5. Remove the water from the kettle and let it lose some of its heat.
  6. Pour the water slowly over the grounds in a circular motion. Let the carbon dioxide escape to avoid too much foaming and then proceed with adding the rest of the water.
  7. When brewing is complete, discard the filter paper.
  8. Stir the brew for even strength. Serve warm and enjoy.

French press method

French press brew involves steeping the coffee grounds. A french press machine includes a plunger, beaker, and a filter.


  1. Heat the correct volume of water in a kettle.  Typically, for 6 oz. cups, heat 3 cups of water. Use extra 8 ounces for scalding the french press before brewing.
  2. For every 6 ounces cup of coffee, grind 2 tbsp of fresh Luwak beans.
  3. Preheat the french press by scalding it with 4 oz. of water by swirling it. Discard the water after scalding.
  4. Add the weighed Coffee ground in the french press. Add enough water that covers the grounds. Let the foam escape. This takes about 30 sec. Then add the rest of the water and start the timer for 4 minutes.
  5. Carefully press the plunger down so that it is just above the coffee grounds. Do not press the grounds.
  6. After each minute, swirl or stir or press the plunger up and down gently to ensure even extraction and prevent clumping.
  7. When the brewing time is over, press the plunger to depress the coffee grounds.
  8. Keep the plunger down, slowly pour the brew into cups.
  9. Serve warm and enjoy.

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Vacuum brewer

A vacuum brewer looks like an hourglass and is made up of a water reservoir, a filter, and a brewing upper bowl with a long neck


  1. Use 8 ounces of water per 2 tablespoons of finely ground coffee to fill the lower bowl. Weigh coffee beans.
  2. Adjust a glass, ceramic, or metal filter paper in the upper bowl.
  3. Add 2 tbsp of finely ground coffee per 8 oz. of water.
  4. When the water in the lower bowl starts to boil, adjust the upper bowl onto the lower bowl.
  5. When most of the water has condensed into the upper bowl through the tube and filter paper, reduce the flame of the lower boil.
  6. Using heat-safe gloves, remove the brewer from the heat source after 1 minute.
  7. Place the brewer on a heat-resistant surface to give it a temperature shock which will initiate the vacuum extraction process.
  8. When most of the coffee is in the lower bowl and you start to hear bubbling, separate the two bowls.
  9. Stir the brew.
  10. Serve warm and enjoy.

Ibrik/Turkish/greek method


  1. Add 3 oz. of water into the Ibrik followed by 2 tbsp powdered coffee. Use 1 tbsp of sugar per demitasse.
  2. Bring this mixture to a boil. Let sir for 1-2 minutes, then, repeat the process of boiling twice.
  3. On the third boil, remove the ibrik from the heat.
  4. Pout the brew in prewired demitasse cups.
  5. Divide foam using a spoon and enjoy.


In this article, we answered the question “How to make Luwak coffee?”, and what are the important factors to consider when brewing Luwak Coffee?