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Curiosity and the Cat

They say curiosity killed the cat

I say otherwise…

We were back at BGC the other weekend waiting for Mercato to open. With an hour to spare, Hubby and i decided we would lounge at ROX and have a cup of the world’s rarest gourmet coffee.

Coffee Alamid (also known as Kopi Luwak in Indonesia) is said to be one of the world’s rarest brew.

Its made from beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by wild civets, a cat like nocturnal animal, and processed by the animals digestive enzymes. It is produced mainly in Indonesia, in East Timor and here in the Philippines. Its production, whether farmed or gathered in the wild is labor intensive and contributes to the coffee’s high cost.

I remember we tried to order a cup in Tagaytay during the holiday season but our waiter told us that they had stopped serving the coffee because the market for such a high priced beverage was not as large as they wanted it to be. Fortunately, this cafe in BGC still serves it.

The waiter in Alamid Cafe Xpress suggested that we first try the coffee alamid served as a cup of caffe americano so that we could appreciate the aroma and taste.

The coffee was strong and smooth. I could tell why they would almost always describe this coffee as having a chocolatey flavor but i thought that there was a slight bitter aftertaste in my warm brew. I doused my cup with some warm milk and thought that it was more to my liking.

Hubby decided he would try his Coffee Alamid as a cappuccino.

The smooth strong coffee blending with the smooth milk froth with every sip… I thought this was a perfectly delicious cup! Although i know we probably wont be having coffee here every weekend, it’s always nice to be able to try such a rare beverage to satisfy one’s curiosity.


February 26, 2011 - Posted by | Gastronomic experience | ,


  1. Is this similar to the civet coffee?

    Comment by Rins | February 26, 2011 | Reply

  2. i’ve heard about this, the coffee that was digested by an animal first. i didn’t know they served it locally. šŸ™‚

    Comment by entrepgirl | February 27, 2011 | Reply

    • that’s exactly what it is enterpgirl! Surprisingly our country produces these rare coffee beans!

      Comment by mrs lavendula | March 3, 2011 | Reply

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