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Meet musang, a producer of the most expensive coffee beans!

Geography Story: Meet musang, a producer of the most expensive coffee beans!

It is hard to stay indifferent when you first see this cutest animal! Its another name is Asian palm civet or toddy cat. These animals are often captured by people: the most valuable thing about them is not their fur or meat, but their feces!


The animal belongs to the Viverridae family and lives in forests of South and Southeast Asia. Though its scientific name is Paradoxurus Hermaphrodites, the musang's reproduction system is the same as that of other mammals. This mistake occurred because female palm civets have glands that resemble male testicles.

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The length of the animal's body is about half a meter, it may weigh from 2 to 5 kg. It has a long tail that is almost equal to its body length. The musang is a night creature, that spends most part of its life on trees and feeds mostly on insects, fruit and bird eggs. The palm civets are easy to domesticate that is why there are many families in the area that keep them as domestic pets.

As we have mentioned above, the most remarkable thing about these animals is their faeses, because they are used for production of one of the most expensive kind of coffee – Kopi Luwak. The thing is that musangs eat coffee berries and then defecate them as the most exquisite beans. Unfortunately recent increases in capturing the animals for Kopi Luwak production may constitute a significant threat to wild civet populations. Many of captured civets are housed in battery cagesystems which have been criticised on animal welfare grounds.

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16 Comments
Mike Ford
Mike Ford
Check out the movie, Bucket List. Hilarious scene about this coffee!
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Sep 27, 2015 9:08PM
calvinroyorlandi
I got one of these as a pet. I named him Mr. Coffee. It took forever, but he learned to crap directly in the grinder. His coffee made me sick, so I spied on him. Caught him pissing in it as well. Do you believe that? Damn uncivil Civet. I drink tea now.
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Sep 27, 2015 9:35PM
Ian MacBrown
Well put James. Lol.! That's what I thought also.
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Sep 27, 2015 10:06PM
Ian MacBrown
Another example of man exploiting animals for our own pleasures.
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Sep 27, 2015 10:13PM
Leon Salter
Leon Salter
No pooped coffee and turn them loose.
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Sep 27, 2015 10:24PM
Molly Moriarty
Wrong on all levels.
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Sep 27, 2015 10:30PM
James Murphy
James Murphy
I still think I'll pass on the chance to savour the flavour of Kopi Luwak coffee, despite your reassurance that no poo is present on the processed bean! ;-P
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Sep 28, 2015 7:50AM
Ken Elliott
Ken Elliott
I agree with Leon. Think of the animal's welfare!
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Sep 28, 2015 2:16PM
Josh Hunter
Josh Hunter
We where free animals until someone decided to cage us but nobody is worried about that. We are caged animals that used to be free. We have people starving living on the streets brought down by a system that gives you the allusion of freedom until your . Atleast the Civet wont be left to die on the streets by the same people that put them to work. All im saying is we cant help the animals until we can help ourselves.
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Sep 29, 2015 11:09AM
Peter Squires
Make you wonder if there's any connection between capuchin monkeys and a similar-sounding coffee
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Apr 14, 2016 7:22AM
Diane O'Farrell
Diane O'Farrell
Annie Williams Don't worry it's very expensive they don't serve it just anywhere.
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Jun 18, 2016 1:23AM
Leondra Robinson
Understand this came about because the field workers weren't allowed coffee beans, so they washed the ones passed through the civets and discovered the best coffee ever.
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Jun 23, 2016 9:47PM
Mickey Cahoon
Oh crap there goes my morning coffee!!
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Jun 24, 2016 12:10PM
Carmine-James Pitaniello
I have read about this several times, and I thought that the best coffee was from Jamaica, Blue Mountain. But the raves about Kopi Luwak are universal. After hearing about how it is made, I'm sticking with Jamaican Blue Mouintain....$65 /#. I still have serveral pounds airtight stored beans from 2010 ($40/#),
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Nov 13, 2016 12:30AM
cromwelljeff
the Civet poo system is now an acid wash for coffee beans? Perhaps the lady would like to see if a finger up a Civet will polish and shine her lovely nails as well?
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Dec 31, 2016 5:33AM

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