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Scientific Classification of Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus Hermaphroditus)

Other Animals Besides The Civet That Produce “Poop Coffee”

Brewing Civet Coffee

Five Steps To Civet Coffee

Top Ten Names For Poop Coffee

Ten Names for Asian Palm Civets

The Philippine Civet Conservation Project

Scientific Classification of Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus Hermaphroditus)

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Viverridae

Genus: Paradoxurus

Species: Hermaphroditus

Other Animals Besides The Civet That Produce “Poop Coffee”

Several other animals besides Civets have been used to produce this type of coffee. One animal used in Malaysia and Indonesia is the “barking deer” known as a Muntjac. 

The coffee produced by gathering beans from Muntjac droppings (dung) is known as Kopi Muntjak or Kopi Muncak. Virtually all Kopi Muntjak is gathered in the wild.

Brewing Civet Coffee

Most Civet coffee is brewed by traditional methods, either using a French Press or via the drip method using either a paper or metal filter. In Vietnam a traditional Phin filter is often used to brew a single cup of Civet coffee.

In Indonesia, Kopi Luwak is often prepared as an iced beverage. Serving the coffee as an iced beverage is said to bring out some of its unique flavors that otherwise are not appreciated.

Five Steps To Civet Coffee

  1. The Civet chooses just the perfectly ripe fruits of the coffee plants, which are known as coffee cherry.

2. The Civet eats the fruit and most of the pulpy flesh of the fruit is digested in the animal’s stomach while the inner seed (the coffee bean) is not digested.

  1. Enzymes in the digestive tract of the Civet cause chemical processes to occur on the surface and within the porous coffee beans.
  2. The Civet defecates the coffee beans which may have a small amount of pulpy outer covering, and the beans are then gathered up by the coffee farmers.
  3. The coffee beans are typically washed and sun-dried, then given a very light roast, then brewed into Civet coffee.

Top Ten Names For Poop Coffee

Poop Coffee - Most googled - technically this name includes not just Civet Coffee but also coffee passed through other species such as the barking deer.

Kopi Luwak - This is the name for Civet Coffee in Indonesia where Luwak is the name for the Civet and Kope means coffee.

Kape Alamid - in the Philippines.

Bucket List Coffee - after the movie, The Bucket List.

Weasel Coffee - This name is common in Vietnam.

Ten Names for Asian Palm Civets

Asian Palm Civet

Common Palm Civet,

Toddy Cat, 

Motit - Philippine Civet.

Marapatti

Uguduwa

Maranai

The Philippine Civet Conservation Project

In the Philippines’ Ifugao Province of North Luzon there are rice terraces dating to ancient times. These terraces in the Cordillera Mountain Range border a Civet Conservation Project where wild Civets enjoy feeding on the fruit of coffee trees that are grown organically amidst the other flora of the area. 

These shade-grown, organic coffee trees produce plenty of red cherry (fruit) that are selectively picked by the instinctively discerning Civets who only pick the perfectly ripe fruit.

Once the Civets pass the coffee beans, most of the outer fruit having been digested by the Civet, the beans are gathered up by the farmers to be washed and dried and then lightly roasted to create one of the world’s most renown coffees.

The Conservation Project is part of the Julia Campbell Agro-Forest Memorial Park which serves as an area where rescued Civets are released and where the local farmers can benefit from the sale of the Civet coffee gathered after the beans have been eliminated by the Civets. 

The Conservation area helps alleviate the problems caused by Civet trapping, poaching, and killing of the animals by coffee farmers who still consider the animal a pest as it may eat their crops. The 40-hectare Memorial Park includes 24 hectares of area where coffee trees grow in the shade amidst the natural forest.

Many Civets released within the Conservation area have been rescued from the black market for the endangered animals. The coffee is marketed as Bantai Civet coffee and proceeds support the farmers and the Civet Conservation Project.


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