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Budi Tek

Harvesting Culture

By Michael Young

Portrait of Budi Tek. Photo by Ann Woo for ArtAsiaPacific

The most expensive coffee in the world— a single shot goes for USD 65—is brewed from beans excreted by a small cat-like mammal called a civet. Native to Indonesia, the animal consumes up to half-a-kilo of beans a day, which are then fermented in the civet’s gut. Budi Tek, Indonesian-Chinese billionaire, coffee aficionado and art collector, downs a cup of the high-end Kopi Luwak. “There is no taste of shit,” he laughs. And he is right. The…

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