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Could This Be the Most Expensive Coffee in the World?

Davao del Sur

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Oct 13, 2015
Could This Be the Most Expensive Coffee in the World?

When you say regreening the mountainside, one thinks of hardwoods and forest trees being planted.  Here at the foothills of Mt. Apo’s range in Kapatagan, Davao del Sur, coffee is being planted on its contours.

Trees that produce various coffee beans such as arabica, catimor, robusta, excelsa and Benguet dot the hills of Kapatagan.  Field of greens cover the hills and produce the rarest and most expensive coffee in the world, the civet coffee.

Civet cats feed on the fleshy pulpy part of the coffee berries, leaving the coffee beans intact.  In the process of digestion, proteolytic enzymes in the civet cat’s stomach make the beans less acidic, thus the taste is not that bitter and more chocolatey. One would surely love its aroma. 

Farmers feed the civets, collect its poop, wash, and process into beans.

The berries which are not eaten by the civet cats are brewed into altura coffee which tastes stronger than the smooth civet coffee.

The two brews have won the Roaster’s Choice Award at the 2014 Thaifex ASEAN Coffee Federation World of Coffee and Tea and the Consumers’ Choice Award for the Most Outstanding Coffee in the World.

Mt. Apo Altura Coffee is available at PhP 350 for 250 grams and the Mt. Apo Civet Coffee sells at PhP 1,000 per 100 grams.

Who would have thought that regreening and producing the best brews would go hand in hand?  

READ MORE: The Most Expensive Brew: Civet Coffee

Thank you to Philip Marco Dizon and Sir Sonny Dizon of Mt. Apo Coffee, Pio Sto. Domingo for the panoramic photo of the farm, Johnrie Millamena and Vir Gil Pedo of PSD Group of Companies and Olan Emboscado, my travel buddy.

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