I had an interesting evening last weekend. I was invited to attend an evening event for bloggers, which was held at Kangaroo Coffee, a relatively new coffee shop here in Davao. The event consisted of several hours of enjoying great coffee, and great food from the people at Kangaroo Coffee. But, the highlight of the evening was a product launch, a new coffee offering at the shop. What was this new coffee? Civet coffee. Do you know what civet coffee is? Keep reading I will tell more about that shortly.
The evening started out with Mark, one of the owners of Kangaroo Coffee showing us a PowerPoint presentation focusing in on civet coffee: what it is, how it is produced, and all kinds of other information about the product. Okay, okay, I know many of you are wondering just what this civet coffee is. Well, there is a small animal here in Asia called the civet, some describe it as a cat, others use other descriptions. In fact, it is part of the mongoose family, and about the size of a very large house cat. Well, this animal, the civet, eats ripe coffee beans. After eating these ripe beans, the beans go through the digestive system of the civet, and are excreted by the animal. After the excretion, people search the forest floor for these digested beans. They are collected, washed, roasted, ground, and used to make coffee. This is the most expensive type of coffee in the world. If you buy civet coffee to make it home, the grounds cost more than $100 per pound! Currently there are only three countries in the world that offer civet coffee: Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines.
After Mark finished his presentation, it was time to eat! Kangaroo laid out a really nice meal for us. They served us two different types of pasta: a pasta with smoked fish, and a penne pasta, both of which were excellent. There was also wonderful bread roll to accompany that which was also excellent. They really spread out a ton of desserts, though, everything you can think of from cookies to cakes to cheesecake. Each of these was absolutely great. I’d like to offer my thanks to the people at Kangaroo Coffee for such a great dinner.
Now, what about the civet coffee? Did I drink it? If so, how did I like it? Well, I have to say it was very good, and yes of course I did try it! The flavor was very strong, but very smooth too. Kangaroo will start offering this within this next week at their shop. Do I recommend it? Absolutely. At least give it a try once and see what you think, unless you’re to freaked out about the fact that an animal has eaten it before you drink it. If that does freak you out, try to get over it at least enough to give the coffee a try, my prediction is that you’ll be glad you tried it. When they start selling the coffee to the public, it will be 300 pesos per cup. Yes, that’s expensive, but, this is the world’s most expensive coffee after all. I believe there’s some cachet to just being able to say that you had it before!
Would you drink it?
Kangaroo Coffee is located on Tionko Street, not far from the Central Bank here in Davao City.