Some things are wonderfully confusing. For instance, Ms. Chelsea M. Portillano says she likes “taking naps and eating pizza” yet she’s gone all the way to Sagada to try, not pizza, but civet cat coffee — better known as kapeng alamid in the Philippines. Then there’s alamid coffee itself, which is more expensive than ordinary coffee yet, in the words of Chelsea, is “made from undigested coffee beans from civet cat poop! Basically, I’m drinking poop!” Thanks, Chelsea, for being so adorably graphic. It’s expensive because you don’t encounter a civet cat on a daily basis and collecting the coffee beans (stuck in that civet “stuff”) it’s not really a walk in the park. It is said to taste good because the stomach enzymes of the civet cat seeps into the coffee bean, giving it a totally awesome taste (if you’ve tried it, please tell us how you’d rate the taste). Not for the weak of heart (or, more properly, weak stomach). Here’s an awesome photo (click to enlarge) of the civet coffee served in an immaculately-clean white cup, with the civet, uhm, “stuff” at the left side.
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