Monday, November 8, 2010

Why Civet Coffee Causes Expensive and Delicate Aroma

convoy heading to the sanctuary of Civet coffee on Mt. Matutum
photo source: KyawKyaw Dee

the SOCCSARGEN BLOGGERS in their fun jump on one of Mt. Matutum landings
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the defecated civet coffee due for picking 
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the coffee berries that civets eat and defecate 
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the young civet or for B'laans, the Kafe Balos
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The trek to the sanctuary of Civet Coffee or for the B'laan natives, Kafe Balos, had been a year due but the SOCCSKSARGEN bloggers finally conquered the quest as we joined Sir Fred, the founder, and the B'laan community. 

Civet Coffee or Kapeng Alamid is known to be the most expensive coffee in the world and since I am a coffee addict, I could only be anxious and excited too as to why a coffee been must go through a civet's digestion. In fact, I had my inhibition  whether or not the civet coffees are hygienically clean. 

the trekkers seeing a defecated civet coffee on the ground
photo source: KyawKyaw Dee

The  B'laan natives cultivate Arabic coffee beans which they may hand pick. However, the community is hailed for other coffee type, the civet coffee from the coffee berries that civet eat and defecate. The civets only pick out the ripest berries which I personally  tried and they tasted quite sweet. And, with these unique selections, the civets leave their poofs which the B'laan natives pick, clean, sun dry, roast and pound, and brew. With the unique and laborious works on Civet coffee, it is hailed as the most expensive coffee in the world. In General Santos City, the price can start at PHP 150.00 per cup compared to typical coffee amounting to PHP 30.00 - 70.00 per cup. It is less caffeinated but quite aromatic. In fact, my small kid quite liked the taste and likened it for a chocolate drink. 

The trek experience was simply unique and heavenly because we were able to witness how a community and the environment can symbiotically exist. The community now protects the Mt. Matutum greenery to keep the civets from leaving, in turn, the civets help produce continued livelihood for the locals. 

So, while there are coffee drinkers in the world, these community and other coffee growers shall continue to thrive. To this date, the community provides the supply for Mindanao and Luzon and do exports too. 

We shall soon go back to the community for Christmas giveaways to the local kids. 

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