Coffee from a Cats Butt

Hating coffee is a tough gig when you live in a city renowned for making possibly the best coffee in the world.

I am surrounded by coffee snobs on a daily basis. “Blah, blah, blah, the barista burned my milk,” or “Wahhh, my coffee is too hot and tastes funny;” these are just some of the complaints I have to put up with. Since I don’t drink the stuff I’m not really one to talk, but from what I gather, Melburnians are spoiled for choice when it comes to their coffee; you kind of need an outsiders opinion to give some truth to this though.

Despite not liking the stuff, when I was told there was a coffee available in the Philippines that was pooped out of a cats butt and among the most valuable coffee in the world, who was I to resist? Although coffee is one of life’s little luxuries for most, for me, it is just plain shitty, and coffee pooped out of a cats ass is pure testament to my claim.


Asian Palm CivetKopi Luwak or Civet Coffee as referred to by many comes from the Asian Palm Civet. These are small, nocturnal, tree-dwelling mammals  which can be found in most parts of Southeast Asia. The civets’ staple diet is made up of sugar palm fruit and coffee cherries which they consume in large quantities but it is only the fleshy pulp part of the coffee cherry that the animal is able to digest; the coffee bean itself ferments in its digestive system. The civet then poops the coffee beans out and they are collected, washed, dried, lightly roasted and brewed.


Unfortunately we weren’t able to order individual cups of coffee so we purchased a small bag of Kopi Luwak for roughly $23 AUD from Josefino’s; a coffee stall we found in Tagaytay. The staff were nice enough to seal up the bag for us so we could get it back through Australian customs hassle free. Josefino’s had the most gorgeous balcony view and was a really nice, open-aired place to kick back and enjoy our coffee.

Josefino, Tagaytay - Civet Coffee

Despite being a coffee hater, I have sampled coffee several times before. Although noticeably stronger in taste, the civet coffee seemed to be less bitter in taste than your regular coffee. Maybe it’s just my coffee-neglected tastebuds talking but other than the distinctly strong taste I couldn’t detect any other major differences nor could I figure out why this coffee is so expensive and highly sought after – it still taste like crap (no pun intended).

Here’s a video of my manager and I tasting civet coffee at Josefino’s in Tagaytay, Philippines.

Have you tried civet coffee before? Thoughts?