The Philippines Produces One of the Rarest Coffees

200 years ago, the Philippines was the 4th largest coffee-producing country? Nowadays, you never hear about coffee from the Philippines.

coffee Alamid from the Philippines

They only produce about .012 % of the coffee on the market today.

I wouldn’t be writing about this topic if I hadn’t taken a trip to the Philippines and learned about it first hand. Although it doesn’t surprise me, it is in the perfect climate for coffee growth.

I was there in a small town Malolos City north of the capital city of Manila. I was having a cup of some delicious instant coffee, which was nice. Usually, instant is bitter and needs sugar and cream to make it taste good for me. But anyway, I ask my friend, who is native to the area, if there were coffee plantations around the room. She responded with a curious I don’t know, I did a quick search online, and there are a  few local company write-ups about the coffee industry there.

As I researched to find out more about the region and their coffee, I found an interesting fact. Some of the best-reviewed and rarest coffee on the planet is from there.

Alamid Coffee (Kopi Luwak)

It has been rated as the finest Civet coffee in years by Kenneth David of His description of this rare brew. Davids describes Alamid coffee in a blind assessment as: “Great range of aromatic and flavor sensation. Bright, sweet-toned, and floral, but with molasses, mushroom, moist wood, and rich musk notes deepening and complicating the profile. Delicate, brisk acidity; smoothly silky mouthfeel. Drying but sweet, mushroom-toned finish. One of the best Luwak coffees we have sampled over the past few years, with genuinely unique aromatics.”

For those of you who are not familiar with this type of coffee, watch the video below. It will help understand.

As shown in the video above, it is for some a great deal of work. However, others produce Kopi Luwak with the Cevit Palm, Alamid cats, known in the Philippines and other parts of Southeast Asia caged for easier access to the droppings. Some were less human than others.

Try 1lb of Philippine produced Cevit Palm Cat Coffee sold on Amazon

You see, in the Philippines, they make a living walking through the mountains collecting what becomes coffee gold. That is why I would choose the Philippine brands over the Sumatran and other Indonesian brands. In my research today, I have found many videos and writing on the inhumane manners used to collect and produce, and it makes me sick to my stomach that people will mistreat animals to make a buck.

It is a unique, rare find that is gaining popularity around the world. Mostly sold in Japan and the United States.

The Bucket List

The price of the average 3.5-ounce bag is anywhere from $45 – $125. That is the price range that I have seen online throughout the various markets. However, I did find it relatively cheap at $69.99 for 5.3 ounces from a California importer that owns a plant in the Philippines. If you are interested in trying it, you should treat yourself to the rarity that Jack Nicholson called in his movie the Bucket List the “world’s rarest beverage.”

History of Luwak Coffee

History of Luwak Coffee, when the Dutch colonized and started Arabica coffee plantations in Yemen on Java and Sumatra, they forbid the locals and the plantation workers to pick any beans for their consumption. The workers noticed that the Cevitcat was eating the coffee beans and discarding the beans in their poop. The workers and locals collect and made themselves what we know as Kopi Luwak. So it has been around for almost 300 years now.

How does Cat Poop Coffee taste?

As with many different types of coffee and the regions of the world that produce coffee. The same applies to Kopi Luwak. How does cat poop coffee taste?

The different types of cats, soils, beans, and other things in the cats’ diets have effects on the final taste. I believe it is also of personal preference, you can watch videos and read articles all over the web, and the one thing most people seem to the same commonly is it has less of an acidic taste than most coffee.

Some say it has earthy tones, nutty flavors, and smoky wood flavors. A lot of skeptics say it is just a novelty, and it tasted like Folgers. If it is just a novelty, it has to be a great one to be around for almost three centuries.

Where is Luwak Coffee produced?

Where is Luwak coffee produced? We know it got started on Java and Sumatra’s islands sometime in the 17th or 18th century. Sumatra is the leading producer in the archipelago region of Indonesia. In Vietnam near Dak Lak, the Philippines on  Mindanao island, and near Davao city, there are said to be a couple of small producers in southeast China.

Conclusion Philippines Produced Coffee

I have yet to try it myself, they say curiosity killed the cat, but in this case, I don’t think the cat will kill us. I plan on trying it before I leave the Philippines, and I will be sure to give my opinion on it as soon as I get back to the U.S.

What do you think? Do you want to try it? If you do, I would love to hear what you think of it. Leave a comment below to share your experience.

Get a great deal on Luwak coffee at Amazon

Remember what Jack says “world’s rarest beverage” I guess we’ll have to see about that, won’t we. You can find out more about Kopi Luwak and buy it on Amazon using your Prima account for fast shipping.

Enjoy each day one sip at a time.


Want to know where the majority of coffee comes from? Here is an interesting article you may like.

6 thoughts on “The Philippines Produces One of the Rarest Coffees”

  1. Umm interesting.  Very interesting lol.

    I have heard about this coffee before and the price tag.  However, I was not aware of how it originated, which is really good to know and very clever of them to even consider it.  But I suppose desperate times call for desperate measures.  However, I am afraid that I am not that desperate for a cup of Alamos coffee!!

  2. I am a coffee lover, and do deep dives into the niche to get a hold of the best coffee there is for me and my wife´s enjoyment. I have seen the Bucket List, which by the way is a great movie, and did some research about kopi luwak coffee. What I found made me stop wanting to taste it, based on how the animals were treated.

    After reading your review it seems there is an alternative to tasting the coffee and will probably follow your advice to get it from a source that can guarantee that the origin of the coffee is not from a producer that mistreats the “coffee cats”.

    All the best, Roy

    • The Bucket List was a great movie, that is where I also first heard about Kopi Luwak. I always look for ethical ns honest companies when I plan on buying a product such as Kopi Luwak. I am never surprised at the lengths people will go to earn a buck, and the unethical ways they use to make a dollar.

      Thanks for reading and leaving a nice comment today. I hope you will revisit again soon as I add new material every week.


  3. Hi, thanks for your article. I’m a real coffee lover and have heard about cat poop coffee but had no idea it was from the Philippines. I would love to try it, but the price tag is a bit much for me! Do you have any recommendations for more reasonable everyday coffees?

    • Hi, the Philippines and a couple of other countries in southern Asia produce Kopi Luwak. Indonesia produces more than the Philippines; I thought it was interesting because I would never have thought about the Philippines as one of the highest producing coffee countries at one time.

      As for recommendations for coffee, I have a post highlighting four excellent coffee that is more affordable than Kopi Luwak. You can always try one.


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