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    Preservation Of Civet Cats for Coffee

    Philippine Coffee Traders Call For The Preservation Of Civet Cats

    Komfie Manalo - All Headline News Correspondent

    Manila, Philippines (AHN) - Filipino coffee traders called on villagers in Mountain Province to stop capturing and eating civet cats (Paradoxurus phippinensis) because a decline in the cat population would cause a decline in the supply of one of the world's most expensive coffee varieties.

    Civet cats eat ripe coffee berries, and local coffee traders gather the beans from their droppings to produce the most expensive coffee varieties in the world. The civet cat, locally known as motit or alamid, is a nocturnal animal that roams the forests of northern Philippines and dwells on rocks where fruit-bearing trees grow nearby.

    The coffee beans could cost as much as $80 a pound in the local market and even more in the international market.

    However, local villagers in the area kill the cats that stray into their backyards.

    Vie Reyes, treasurer of Serenity Coffee Corp., a company that buys local coffee beans, said civet cats were often cooked as appetizers in the lowlands.

    "The civet cat is threatened. If nothing is done about it, it will go extinct. These cats should be respected and left in their habitats," she said.

    She said when her group recently visited the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Quezon City, Philippines, all they were shown was a photograph of the civet cat's tail.

    "We asked for a picture to know how it looks like, and all the PAWB could ever show us was a picture of a tail. They told us the body was missing in the picture because [the cat] was already eaten," said Basil Reyes, president of the Serenity Coffee Corp.

    Thomas Killip, presidential assistant for Cordillera affairs, said saving the civet cat would be part of the advocacy of the Sagada Coffee Council, which was formed to promote and market the local coffee industry.

    "If locals will only realize that the cat is good in producing coffee, there will come a time that they will not hunt this animal. We should discourage people from hunting it because it has a value for all of us," Killip said.

    Civet cat eats the ripest and sweetest varieties of coffee beans. Their digestive tracts filter the beans that pass through the intestines.

    The beans that are not digested are used as in ingredient in the making of what Filipinos call "Coffee Alamid." Local producers say they wash the beans thoroughly and heat them to 250 degrees Fahrenheit to kill bacteria.

    The civet cat's favorite varieties are Arabica and Barako, according to Reyes. Reyes said the civet cat's droppings were usually collected from rocky areas.

    She said the protection of the environment would be among the key steps in saving the civet cats.

    Coffee beans sourced from civet cats have been enjoying wide patronage in Japan, the United States and some European countries, according to Reyes.

    She said Japan Airlines had been promoting the coffee as the "Civet Coffee from the Philippines" or "Alamid coffee."


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    I wonder how many cups of coffee I have drank that the beans were hand picked from cat droppings.
    ewww!

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    I don't care, I'm still drinking it.
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    LOL, countybear, but civet cats aren't even as cute as that. This is a real civet cat:


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    Ive posted this before. Especially after I got my Hawaiian Kona coffee from a friend. The coffee in question goes for about $300 a pound.
    There is a coffee shop in LA that sells it for 10 bucks a cup. He wants to get people to try it and come back to his shop or something like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna View Post
    LOL, countybear, but civet cats aren't even as cute as that. This is a real civet cat:

    That's not a cat!!?!! That looks more like a liberal badger...

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    See, a few months ago I posted about this stuff. No biggie, this is a better thread than mine anyways


    "Coffee grows in dozens of countries around the world. Some varieties have earned a special reputation, often based on a combination of rarity, unusual circumstances and particularly good flavor. These coffees, from Jamaican Blue Mountain to Kona to Tanzanian Peaberry, command a premium price. But perhaps no coffee in the world is in such short supply, has such unique flavors and an, um, interesting background as Kopi Luwak. And no coffee even comes close in price: Kopi Luwak sells for $75 per quarter pound. Granted, that's substantially less than marijuana, but it's still unimaginably high for coffee.

    Kopi (the Indonesian word for coffee) Luwak comes from the islands of Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi (formerly Celebes), which are part of the Indonesian Archepelago's 13,677 islands (only 6,000 of which are inhabited). But it's not strictly the exotic location that makes these beans worth their weight in silver. It's how they're "processed."

    On these Indonesian islands, there's a small marsupial called the paradoxurus, a tree-dwelling animal that is part of the sibet family. Long regarded by the natives as pests, they climb among the coffee trees eating only the ripest, reddest coffee cherries. Who knows who first thought of it, or how or why, but what these animals eat they must also digest and eventually excrete. Some brazen or desparate -- or simply lazy -- local gathered the beans, which come through the digestion process fairly intact, still wrapped in layers of the cherries' mucilage. The enzymes in the animals' stomachs, though, appear to add something unique to the coffee's flavor through fermentation.

    Curiously, Kopi Luwak isn't the only "specialty" food that begins this way. Argan is an acacia-like tree that grows in Morocco and Mexico which, through its olive-like fruit, yields argan oil. In Morocco, the Berbers encourage goats to climb the trees to eat the fruit. They later gather the goats' excrement and remove the pits, which they grind for oil to be used in massage, in cooking and as an aphrodisiac.

    What started as, presumably, a way for the natives to get coffee without climbing the trees has since evolved into the world's priciest specialty coffee. Japan buys the bulk of Kopi Luwak, but M.P. Mountanos (800-229-1611), the first in the United States to bring in this exotic bean, recently imported 110 pounds after a seven year search for a reliable and stable supplier. "It's the rarest beverage in the world," Mark Mountanos says, estimating a total annual crop of less than 500 pounds.

    Richard Karno, former owner of The Novel Cafe in Santa Monica, California, got a flyer from Mountanos about Kopi Luwak and "thought it was a joke." But Karno was intrigued, found it it was for real, and ordered a pound for a tasting. Karno sent out releases to the local press inviting them to a cupping. When no one responded, he roasted it and held a cupping for himself and his employees. Karno is very enthusiastic, a convert to Kopi Luwak. "It's the best coffee I've ever tasted. It's really good, heavy with a caramel taste, heavy body. It smells musty and jungle-like green, but it roasts up real nice. The LA Times didn't come to our cupping, but ran a bit in their food section, which hit the AP Wire service." And Karno and the folks at M.P. Mountanos have been inundated with calls ever since.

    Mountanos says, "It's the most complex coffee I've ever tasted," attributing the unusual flavors to the natural fermentation the coffee beans undergo in the paradoxurus' digestive system. The stomach acids and enzymes are very different from fermenting beans in water. Mountanos says, "It has a little of everything pleasurable in all coffees: earthy, musty tone, the heaviest bodied I've ever tasted. It's almost syrupy, and the aroma is very unique." While it won't be turning up in every neighborhood cafe any day soon, Mountanos reports that Starbucks bought it for cuppings within the company.

    In fact, most of Mountanos' customers have bought it for special cuppings. The Coffee Critic in San Mateo, California, though, occasionally sells Kopi Luwak to the public for $5 a cup. Owner Linda Nederman says she keeps the price low to allow people to experience the coffee. Nederman says that most of her people who try it are longtime customers, and they're "game to try something different and unusual. I've never had anybody complain, they all seem to feel it's worth the price." Nederman drinks it herself every time they brew it. "I've never tasted anything like it. It's an unbelieveable taste in your mouth: richness, body, earthiness, smooth." She also carries Jamaica Blue Mountain, Burundi Superior AA and Brazil FZA "Natural Dry," so her customers are used to fine and exotic coffees. Still, she reports, many are afraid to try Kopi Luwak.

    Michael Beech, founding partner in Raven's Brew Coffee: http://www.ravensbrew.com/ or email: ravencup@ptialaska.net, a roaster, wholesaler and mail order (800-91-RAVEN) merchant in Ketchikan, Alaska, used to sell roasted-to-order Kopi Luwak by the quarter pound ($75, including a free t-shirt depicting the coffee-making process) but no longer does: http://www.ravensbrew.com/NewFiles/kopiluwak.html . "It's excellent coffee. But I always caution customers that you can't get $75 worth of quality in any coffee, there's no such thing. You're paying for the experience of quaffing the world's rarest and most expensive coffee. The palate would recognize it as Sumatran or Indonesian right away. It has earthy tones of natural processed Sumatra Mandheling. It has low acidity with a syrupy body. There's something else there, a nuance in the flavor profile that I can't describe, and when I've challanged others, no one else can either. It's almost alien, a tiny little flavor note, highly exotic." The last bag he sold was to John Cleese of Monty Python and Fierce Creatures fame.

    But not everyone is seduced by this exotic coffee's charms. "Kopi Luwak is, in my opinion, indistinguishable from many an average robusta, especially if you cup them next to each other," says Tim Castle, coffee expert and author of The Perfect Cup, referring to the lower grade of commercially available coffees. "Kopi Luwak's processing is unusual and attracts attention. In that sense, it is an interesting coffee."

    Intrigued by the hype, I drove out to the Los Angeles warehouse of M.P. Mountanos to cup some Kopi with Andrew Vournas. The green beans, which range from tiny to elephant, have a faint smell that hints of a zoo or stables -- a little funky, not your average coffee aroma. He lightly roasts about 21 grams, enough beans for three cups, in a Jabez Burns two barrel sample roaster, a rare and beautiful machine dating from the '30s. Vournas gives the beans a light roast -- just after the second popping -- to accentuate the specific flavors of this rare coffee; a darker roast would obliterate the subtler flavors and replace them with a more generic taste. Vournas points out that this coffee, like most Indonesian-grown, has lots of moisture and roasts nicely.

    Vournas gives the beans a course grind and mixes seven grams of coffee with four ounces of water in each of three cups. The aroma is rich and strong, and the coffee is incredibly full bodied, almost syrupy. It's thick with a hint of chocolate, and lingers on the tongue with a long, clean aftertaste. It's definitely one of the most interesting and unusual cups I've ever had.

    Is it worth the money? Five dollars for a single cup? Sure, why not? You'll pay more than that in any Paris cafe for a bad au lait. Might as well spend it on something rare and exotic
    http://www.sallys-place.com/beverage...kopi_luwak.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by countybear View Post
    That's not a cat!!?!! That looks more like a liberal badger...
    I think it looks like a conservative badger.

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    I would try a cup. I take my coffee very seriously and don't mind the expense of good beans, but I don't think I'd pay $75.00 for 4 oz.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna View Post
    I think it looks like a conservative badger.
    Nah... look at the depressed posture (from chronic portrayal of victimization), the bulging eyes (from reading the fine print on tofu packages), the 'perked' ears (for listening to every screeching word from Nancy "Wild Thang" Pelosi and Rosie "The Brute" O'Donnell), and the confused look (from trying to decide between Obama and HilBillary).

    Definitely a liberal animal there...

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    What's wrong with bulging eyes?!

    You'd think after the SARS outbreak people would stop eating the buggers. I know I did.

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    Oops, sorry E-man. I missed yours.

    Your's has more info than what I found along with a description of the smell...

    have a faint smell that hints of a zoo or stables
    Ewww again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michelle View Post
    I wonder how many cups of coffee I have drank that the beans were hand picked from cat droppings.
    ewww!
    If you've ever said..."This coffee tastes like shit" you may now have the reason as to why...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 213th View Post
    If you've ever said..."This coffee tastes like shit" you may now have the reason as to why...
    LOL!

    Can't be any worse than squid coffee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michelle View Post
    LOL!

    Can't be any worse than squid coffee.
    Or Starbucks...
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