This week, ABConservation visited an amazing farm in Palawan. Located inside of Cleoptra’s Needle Critical Habitat, and owned by a wonderful local family, they are the perfect example of how humans and wildlife can live together in complete harmony! In that special farm, they produce coffee, but not any coffee: wild civet coffee. When you are in that wonderful place, if you look around you, there are no cages, there are no civets! Why? Because civets are wild and completely free here, they mainly come at night, eat the coffee beans and go back to the forest. During daylight, the farmers pick the seeds on the ground from the poop of the civets and make one of the most delicious coffees of the world.
This farm has not only coffee trees but also banana trees, coconut trees, papaya trees, mango trees, … And some animals, goats, pigs, cows which are entirely free to go in the plantations and produce that way a fresh and natural fertilizer. Because yes, that farm is not only animal-friendly, but takes care of its whole environment and has never used any chemicals for the plantation, and guess what? The coffee trees are more than 100 years old, planted by one of the ancestor of the family.
The various fruits of the farm play also a huge role because civets don’t only eat coffee. They also eat papaya, bananas, … One the opposite, in other countries making civet coffee, civets are caged and feed only with coffee beans, what make them unhealthy. In addition, this coffee is less tasty because the civets are very stressed in cages. The civet coffee, is one of the reason the bearcat is poached.