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The Best Tasting, Rarest and the Most Expensive Coffee in the World

Updated on October 11, 2012

We’ve heard about the exploitation of the various animals such as the greyhounds, moon bears, tigers, rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses, elephants, sharks, sturgeons and the list goes on. The greyhounds which are reed thin breed of dogs that are renowned for being nimble and fast are used to the hilt in greyhound racing. Many of these poor dogs are maltreated and live in extreme conditions. There are reported deaths of these dogs worldwide that numbers to thousands to ten thousands for the past several years. The tigers meanwhile are coveted for their medicinal properties in Asia which unfortunately are not proven yet. Like the tigers the moon bears also faces similar fate. The moon bears are kept in congested cages and farmed for their bile. The rhinos, hippos and elephants are craved for their ivory tasks. The sharks are prized for their fins which serve as a main ingredient of the renowned menu which is the “Sharks Fin Soup”. And how about the sturgeons which are caught and ripped off with their eggs which will later canned and served as delectable caviar. These fishes take more than 20 years to mature and killing them for being lucrative is lavish and will hasten their extinction from the face of the planet. These animals share common stories and the common denominations between them why they are exploited one way or the other are perhaps greed and neglect for the environment.

When will people learn to appreciate the nature’s bounty in a nice and proper way? The human civilization has come a long way although we thrive in the so-called “civilized society” there are reported barbaric treatment of various animals worldwide.

And here’s another tale to tell and the poor animals that are on the spotlight right now or should I say death row are the civet cats (which is also called “alamid” and “musang” in the Philippines).

The South East Asian countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines are the main producers of coffee such as Robusta, Arabica and the like. One of the coffee variants that stand out the most is perhaps the “Coffee Alamid” (Philippines) or “Kopi Luwak” (Indonesia) which is considered as the most expensive and rarest coffee in the world. This type of coffee was indeed delicious and continues to create stir in worldwide. It is considered a gourmet for its distinct and unexplainable taste. The coffee taste so well as it leaves you an experience like no other. Great aroma and great taste, what else can you ask for in a coffee. The civet cats played a crucial role in making the coffee extra special. These civet cats which sport a very sensitive olfactory system can able to detect the best tasting coffee berries (which is their favorite food in the forest) and eventually have them as a sort of a luscious meal. After enjoying the banquet their foods will get digested save for the coffee beans. After a long while, these civet cats will eliminate and the undigested coffee beans will go with it. The coffee makers will certainly go all smiles, as they pick their prized find, which are the coffee beans direct from the civet cats. These coffee beans when processed and brewed can instantly turn into a great coffee called the “Alamid Coffee” or "Kopi Luwak".

The droppings of these feisty nocturnal omnivores may contain digested coffee beans that later turned into best tasting coffee in the world.
The droppings of these feisty nocturnal omnivores may contain digested coffee beans that later turned into best tasting coffee in the world.
Who will expect that the most expensive and rarest coffee in the world will emanate from a civet cats droppings?
Who will expect that the most expensive and rarest coffee in the world will emanate from a civet cats droppings?

But this variant of coffee which came into prominence many years back received some beating from some greedy people. To shorten the arduous process of making the coffee they instead captured civet cats from the wild and kept them congested in cages. The civet cats are forced to eat even the raw coffee beans which just dealt a blow to the thriving coffee industry. The result was a disaster and the coffee they produced doesn’t taste as good as the ones that undergo the natural process. And because of the desire to earn more and fast they leave a dent to the industry. Doing this activity is will just tarnish the image of the industry. It is always a great idea to play fair and square, and do not harm the “chicken that lays the eggs” or should I say the cats that drops the golden poops.

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