The Civet Coffee is a brew so rare and so expensive that only a chosen few can savour its taste. Thanks to Mt. Apo Civet Coffee, it can now be shared with a wider coffee drinkers’ population.
The Mt. Apo Civet Coffee comes from the Philippine civet cat droppings found in the Mt. Apo ranges where the finest coffee beans grow.
Civets are nocturnal creatures that feed on the fleshy pulp of fruits like coffee berries. Only the fleshy pulp is digested and the coffee beans stay intact. Proteolytic enzymes inside the civet’s stomach seep into the coffee beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Thus the coffee produced has less bitterness and more aromatic chocolatey taste.
The civet droppings are collected, washed and processed. At the Mt. Apo Highland Resort, the civets are caged and fed with pulpy fruits especially coffee beans.
In their natural environment in the wild, civets also get to eat small vertebrates, insects, ripe fruits and seeds.
Mt. Apo Civet Coffee is available in the following:
· 85g-bottle of Blue Label Civet Coffee Peaberry Beans: PhP1,800 (US$41.86)
· 85g-bottle of Black Label Civet Coffee Peaberry Beans: PhP1,000 (US$23.26)
· 85g-bottle of Civet Ground Coffee: PhP1,000 (US$23.26)
· 100g sachet of Civet Ground Coffee PhP950 (US$22.09)
· 1 cup is sold at PhP180 (US$4.19)
With the civet coffee gaining popularity, civets are now also gaining protection because of their contribution to produce this brew.
With this, savouring civet coffee would have a two-fold experience for the coffee aficionados: sharing in the protection of the civets and having the rarest brew.