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Does Your Coffee Have Poop in It?

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If you’re a fan of civet coffee (also known as “kopi luwak”), know that your cup might contain a splash of cruelty to animals. Civet coffee is made from the beans of coffee berries that have been passed through the digestive tract of a civet cat. The cats eat the berries for their pulp, and then they defecate the beans (or seeds). The cat’s stomach enzymes are said to make the coffee less bitter and give it a distinct flavor.

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I’m not sure who in his right mind would find civet coffee appealing, but apparently there is a large enough demand that now some coffee-crazed people are caging civet cats and farming them for their coffee bean–laden crap. Civet cats in farms like this one are confined to barren wire cages that don’t compare to the lives they would have had if they had been left in the wild.

Fortunately, it is easy to avoid supporting this cruelty. Simply don’t drink it—and remind friends who may think that civet coffee is a byproduct of wild cats that the farmed civets who produce the stuff are denied everything that is natural and important to them. All for a bean.  

Posted by Rochelle Regodon


  1. Brian Smith...
    July 23rd, 2011, 3:43 pm

    Animals were never created to suffer cruelty at the hands of mere mortals. Please desist.

  2. Rachel...
    August 19th, 2011, 3:28 pm

    OMG! So civet coffee is made from the excrement of civet cats? And I have to say please set cats free!

  3. Christina in Cleveland...
    September 15th, 2013, 4:22 am

    I did contact one company Bantai Civet Coffee who has a mission to save these creatures. Please, do google them. We do have to encourage the good guys.

  4. lisa acton...
    September 18th, 2013, 6:10 pm

    Have u seen how they treat these animals, it is deplorable

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