Monday, July 21, 2008

Pricy Coffee, Civet

Coffee berries from animal’s feces, anyone? James Zamora shared to me these photos on their planned project for the indigenous peoples communities in Makilala (North Cotabato) – the Civet Coffee Project. I have no personal encounter yet with the cat-size mammal but I know it has the penchant of eating coffee berries and that the partially digested berries it discards through fecal evacuation are priced coffee beans. How much per kilo? It was not mentioned but these berries command price higher than ordinarily collected. I want to try coffee brew from such process. I love coffee.

I culled from Wikipedia related article on this animal. I don’t know if this is the one but scientifically, it is called Paradoxurus hermaphroditus.

Based on the photo, the animal fits to the description as an Asian Palm Civet. It has no ring marking that is more often present from similar palm civet species. A native in Southeast Asia and Southern China, it is in the family Viverridae, averages 3.2 kg (7 lb), body length of 53 cm, tail length is 48 cm, has long, stocky body covered with coarse, shaggy hair (usually a grayish color), with black on its feet, ears and muzzle. It has three rows of black markings on its body while the markings on its face resemble a raccoon's. The animal is a nocturnal omnivore. Back to the project, my uncle said they are now working on its feasibility study in consultation with the target stakeholders in Barangay Cabilao, Makilala. It already earned support from a funding agency MIVA Holland after Rev. Nonoy Cabazares, MIVA Holland representative, paid a visit to the coffee project recently.

MIVA representative challenged them to make the project successful so that it can become a show window in the Mt Apo slopes. While there are millions for the project, Rev. Cabazares said that he wanted to see that community project should start from a small initiative, infused with dedication and seriousness and most importantly honestly in the management of the fund. He said that funding agencies worldwide have been supporting smaller communities to the billions but he said that this did not change the condition of the poor. James was a VSO regional volunteer once assigned in Bangladesh years back.

Goodluck to your endeavor, guys!


Dienn said...

Wow, this is very informative. My curiousity was tickled by this post about coffee berries from animal's feces... now, I found myself searching more info bout it thru google.

Nice blog u have here! :-)

treen said...

in Indonesia named Kopi Luwak. This coffee most expensive.