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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

What is Civet coffee?

What is a Civet?

Where do Civet’s live?

Where are the main places Civet coffee is produced?

Is Civet coffee prepared in any other ways than traditional hot, brewed coffee?

Which country produces the most Civet coffee?

Is Civet coffee the most expensive coffee in the world?

Where is most Civet coffee sold?

Is Civet coffee sold by the cup outside of Southeast Asia?

Is the Civet an endangered species?

What do the Civet coffee beans look like after they have been defecated?

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Does all Civet coffee taste the same?

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What are the most common types of coffee plants used for Civet coffee in Sumatra?

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What is “Poop coffee”?

What many people refer to as “Poop Coffee” is more properly known as Civet Coffee because a nocturnal, cat-like animal called the Civet has eaten the coffee fruits and defecated out the partly digested remains including the inner seeds of the fruits, which are the coffee beans.

These furry, long-tailed Civets readily eat coffee fruit, known as coffee cherry. Civets savor the sweet, fleshy pulp, or mucilage, that is contained between the outer skin of the cherry and the inner seed (coffee bean).

Civets have a unique ability to pick only the perfectly ripe coffee cherry, and this results in consistently high quality coffee beans when the droppings of wild Civets are collected. 

Adding to the high quality of Civet coffee beans are certain chemical processes that occur within the beans while they are in the Civet’s stomach. These chemical processes create unique flavors and aromas in the beans and make them highly valued by coffee connoisseurs.

Most Civet coffee is produced in Sumatra and elsewhere in Indonesia where it is known as Kopi Luwak. Civet Coffee is also popular in the Cordillera where it is known as Motit Coffee and in the Philippines where it is known as Kape Alamid.

Civet Coffees of the World

The primary countries where Civet coffee is produced include Sumatra, Sulawesi, Bali, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Sumatra is the largest producer.

Philippine Civet Coffee

In the Philippines, Civet coffee is called Kape Alamid or Tagalog Cafe Alamid (Alamid Cafe) in Tagalog areas, and is known as Motit coffee in the highland regions of the Cordillera. Kape Alamid is sold throughout the Batangas region of the Philippines as well as in shops near Philippine airports.

The Philippine government considers the Civet (Paradoxorus Philippinensis) an endangered species and thus works with private foundations to help preserve the animal species as well as the Liberica coffee plant species that are grown to feed the animals and create the Civet coffee.

In the Cordillera Mountain Range of the Philippines in North Luzon is a Civet Conservation Project that allows wild Civets to feed on the fruit of coffee trees. The coffee is organic and shade-grown, and the conservation area helps to preserve the Civets as well as provide income for the local farmers. This highland coffee forest is part of the Julia Campbell Agro-Forest Memorial Park.

Cafe (Coffee) Alamid produced by Arengga in the Philippines uses Arabica, Liberica, and Excelsa coffee bean varietals and markets Civet Coffee from 20 independent Civet Coffee gatherers of the high-altitude forests. The coffee is given a medium roast and then packaged in a 100-gram bottle that is vacuum-sealed.

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