Newsweek in its December 18, 2006 issue has a short article on coffee connoisseurship. The adjectives are the same as that used to describe fine wines. Thus, a Guatemalan coffee is “very lively”, “with strong citric notes”. Per Newsweek, the most expensive coffee is from Indonesia. It is claimed that Kopi Luwak beans have been eaten first by the palm civet then pooped out. This is then dried and processed. It retails for US$ 200 (P10,000) a pound, quite a lot for roasted cat droppings.
Nothing new there. A local coffeehouse chain, Bo’s, has been serving a palm civet coffee, called “Café Alamid”, for some time now. The civet cat (although it has feline features, it is more closely related to the mongoose ), known domestically as alamid, supposedly eats only the choicest coffee beans which it then passes out whole. This coffee, presumably, is enhanced by gastric juices and various enzymes that only a civet cat gut can provide. At around US$ 4.50 (P225) for a small cup, civet coffee is not for the budget-conscious.