Most Exotic Coffee Ever Made – Civet

For the actual lovers of this beverage called ‘coffee’…The senses…the taste buds are never satiated…Instead their craving increases with every passing hour..

I have had so many friends who were absolute caffeine addicts…So much that they would get up in the middle of the night (literally) and go somewhere…I wondered if they were possessed! I had to follow them and used to find them preparing coffee for themselves…The ones who were pretty well-off…used to name brands of coffee I had never heard before in life…There was this friend of mine whose father was businessman…I remember whenever I used to go to her place to see her..she used to serve me this exotic and irresistibly rich and creamy smelling coffee…I too soon became the fan of the beverage…thanks to her religious serving…I asked her which coffee it was…though knowing that I would surely not have heard the name before…”Civet” she replied…

I searched for it and found ample information…about Civet coffee of course…In Indonesia…the country best known for this type of coffee…”kopi luwak” translates literally as “civet coffee.”…And just to clarify…Kopi Luwak is a process…not a type of coffee…

As a matter of fact…Most coffees are either named after the species or region or both take for example…

  • Lintong Arabica
  • Kona
  • Sulawesi Toraja Peaberry
  • Costa Rican Terrazu

And my tongue will get tangled in an attempt to pronounce these!

Anyway…There are four coffee species grown commercially…and hundreds of coffee growing regions…It refers to any coffee that has been consumed by a Palm Civet…a shy and peaceful relative of the mongoose that is found primarily in Indonesia and the Philippines…Palm Civets (formally called…Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) are of the civet family and are not actually cats…foxes or weasels

Any coffee bean consumed by a civet becomes “kopi luwak.”…If one civet is eating Arabica and another is eating Robusta…the flavour profile of each coffee will be quite different….However…both coffees will share the unique characteristics brought about by the enzyme action –

  • hints of chocolate
  • absence of bitterness
  • accentuated flavour profile
  • uniquely pleasant persistence on the palate

These changes have been documented and catalogued by a number of university studies…

Kopi Luwak coffees are such that enable you to experience the Kopi Luwak process on all four of the major commercial species of coffee and several different cultivating regions…

Basically…Coffee grows as a seed inside a fruit that resembles a cherry…The Palm Civet is a night-time forager who considers the ripest and sweetest coffee cherries to be a delicacy…which she swallows whole…She only wants the fruit…so the hard green coffee beans are passed through undigested…They are then gathered up…thoroughly cleaned…and roasted like regular coffee beans…Palm Civets have unique natural enzymes in their bellies that permeate the celluloid structure of the hard coffee beans and make it possible for the release during brewing of up to 25 or more otherwise unreachable flavour elements….Also…they neutralize many of the coffee’s bitter oils…

The result is the world’s smoothest and most flavourful coffee…with exceptionally pleasant recall on the senses…a rare effect that is experienced only with the finest and freshest coffees…

Okay…Check out our reference links now…

  1. Civet Coffee by Dabbler
  2. Civet Coffee by Owl’s Prowl
  3. Civet Coffee by Roasting

Civet Coffee – The Best Experience

No experience can match that of sipping the costliest…most exotic and mind-blowing smell coffee…A coffee in the true sense…I can’t bet if you know it or you don’t but people around the globe…crazy about coffee…are ready to pay bags full of bucks just to sip on the finest taste of coffee…And whenever they halted at Civet…apparently they were ready to pay extra just to get some handful of the authentic and rarest coffee ever made and tasted….

 To name it….I’d say nothing more…Civet coffee… 

Before we get into the details of the coffee…understand Civet…Civet is a musk like fragrance…it can be used for protection and spiritual enlightenment if used in the proper manner…but is mainly directed toward more sensual pursuits….Depending on which part of the body you anoint…civet brings different flavors of energy to the fore….This is a pure anointing oil for external use only….

The topmost choice of grand hotels is to serve their guests the finest coffee that could be ever made…Civet Coffee….This is quite possibly the most expensive coffee in the world… It’s produced in the most revolting and extraordinary way….The Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus)…I have to confess to you that I’m not exactly sure what a civet is…the furry critter looks a bit like a rodent-weasel cross…it may even have something to do with cats….It has a tail…Anyway…the civet munches away on coffee berries…which then pass through the digestive tract…before being “defecated” into clumps…The droppings are collected…washed…dried in the sun and given a light roasting….

You know what is it like to sip the coffee made with Civet….Very rich in taste…utterly smooth…almost like drinking a cup of dark chocolate…surprisingly fruity…(as Her Majesty might have said)…hints of strawberry…All that chemical stuff churning around in the civet’s stomach seems to have a beneficial effect on the taste of the bean…eliminating all traces of bitterness…Aesthetically…the coffee is pleasing too…thick and deeply black in colour….It was truly divine…the nectar of the gods…

Okay…Now have a look at our reference links…

  1. Civet Coffee by The Dabbler
  2. Rare Civet Coffee by Owl’s Prowl
  3. Cat Coffee by Allen J. Pais

Civet – The Cat

Know the about the wild and amazing cat Civet?

Very frankly…I had not even heard about it before…Read the name first time in some fashion magazine that bore information about ladies perfume…Initially I thought it had something to do just with oils…Later I realized as to where that oil was obtained from…Civet cat…

 Hmm…This African Civet is a large species of Civet found across sub-Saharan Africa….The African Civet is the only remaining member in its genetic group and is considered to be the largest Civet-like animal on the African continent….Despite their cat-like appearance and behaviours…the African Civets are not felines at all but are in fact…more closely related to other small carnivores including Weasels and MongoosesThe African Civet is most well known for the musk that it secretes to mark its territory called Civetone…which has been used in the manufacturing of perfumes for centuries…and it’s striking black and white markings…make the African Civet one of the easiest Civet species to identify…

One of the African Civet’s most distinctive features are the black and white markings on their fur and grey face…which along with the black band around their eyes…gives these animals a Raccoon-like appearance….The similarity is only heightened by the fact that the African Civet’s hind legs are quite a bit longer than the front legs…making its stance very different to that of a Mongoose….The average adult African Civet has a body length of around 70cm with nearly the same length tail on top of that….The paws of the African Civet each have five digits with non-retractable claws to enable the Civet to move about in the trees more easily…

The musk secreted by the glands close to the African Civet’s reproductive organs has been collected by Humans for hundreds of years…In its concentrated form,…the smell is said to be quite offensive to people…but much more pleasant once diluted…It was this scent that became one of the ingredients in some of the most expensive perfumes in the world and made the African Civet a well-known African animal…African Civets are known to carry the rabies disease…which is contracted through contact with an already infected animal….The African Civet is also known to use designated areas around its territory…where it is able to go to the toilet…

Okay…Now go through our reference links…

  1. Kopi Luwak by Emery
  2. Civet by Dope
  3. Civet by Blue Planet

Magical Civet Oil

Do you believe in magic?

Okay I don’t mean like the one that makes people float in air…or turns a hen into dollars…or a fat guy into a mouse but like…something that might seem obvious and not so great…unless and until you probe deeper in to it…just to feel amazed and awestruck…

Okay…I’ll come closer to the point…Do you often wish that there were something on this earth that would make you forgot your past agonies and bring colder to your fantasies…to a world…of your own…where you rule…you are the ultimate king…and things happen the way you want them to happen…Slipping into the oblivion…and being the most carefree being and the luckiest one too with all wishes of yours being granted at just the mention of them…?

Okay…That was a tad too exaggerated! But I won’t deny the fact…that things close to these…do happen…If nothing more than I’d say nature always had everything for us in its store…some we misused…others we exploited…and we ignored…But one thing that continues to be the best of nature’s magical bounty is Civet Oil….The smell…

Pheromones sexually attractant hormones…function through the olfactory system without the nose acknowledging the existence of a smell…the smell of hospitals sprayed into a room in such minute quantities that the nose could not detect it…measurably raised the anxiety levels of individuals in that environment…

There’s an intriguing background to it…Some years ago…a perfumer working on synthetic musk discovered a substance which improved his sense of smell one hundred times….The government confiscated his papers…closed down his laboratory and told him not to do it again….This sinister episode plainly demonstrates the seriousness with which the establishment views the sense of smell…presumably for purposes of control …on a more down to earth level…years of working with essential oils have demonstrated to me that certain vibrations within the spectrum of smell have repeatable…almost universal…effects….

Just take this example…sandalwood…no matter who is smelling it…has a sedative effect….Lemongrass always wakes people up…Smells also have power by suggestion and…in pragmatic magical systems…it is a combination of these two principles…nature and association which is used in solo and group magic…

The building up of a ‘smellphabet’….a contrived system of smell attributions…is something which can be only done at the individual level…it is not the function of the group…Such a system would consist of as many evocative smells from the past that the individual can think of and recreate…

Consider this…A magician…as a child…once had a fight with another boy on his way home from school….The fight took place near a patch of wild garlic and…ever since that time…whenever he smells garlic the emotion of the occasion comes rushing back….He now views this emotion as an aspect of the energy of Mars and consequently uses garlic in incenses of a martial type….The same magician has gone through this procedure with all his emotions….Ambergris is used in his Venus incense because it recalls the smell at the stable where he first made love….Frankincense is used only in incenses which are not intended to produce a violent emotional reaction because he finds it soothing….I am giving you examples of other things as well so that you understand my point better…

Okay…Now go through our reference links…

  1. Civet by Well Sphere
  2. Civet by List
  3. Civet Oil by Water And Stone

Exotic Aromatherapy Oil – Civet Essential Oil

This is a personal recommendation…The mental blockages and blues…You know the times when you feel low for no reason…you scrutinize all the events of the day that you went through but cannot pick any one that is making you feel so drained and low…

Those are the times when either you should put on the ear-plugs…tune on your favourite songs and slip in a world of unrealism…or you can go a step-ahead…by not simply extricating from the blues…you can do something to amend it…maybe a massage…or aromatherapy…

Are you clear on the concepts of aromatherapy…? If not…I am there to help….Because you’ll be able to resort to it more willingly and with more conviction when you thoroughly know the ins and outs of it…

Basically…Aromatherapy is the ancient science of healing…relaxing and energizing by the use of plants or animals…and their parts…

What it actually does is that it helps is alleviating stress and speeding up healing….Healing of the body…the mind…or the soul…be it any kind of damage….The essential oils used…like the Civet Essential Oil….that takes the might to a new high through its amazingly rich and expensive smell…

This oil can be inhaled…used on clothes…or maybe as room-fresheners….

As far as the extraction of this civet oil is concerned…Natural civet is derived from the musky secretion of an African cat….Because of cost and the necessity of destroying these animals in order to gain the essential…true civet is not readily available…There are some excellent synthetic…however…that capture the essence of the original…Here it might be noted that…in the application of synthetic oils…it is absolutely crucial to know the quality of your commercial supplier…While many oil providers do not even carry this particular scent…So be careful…One version might be a good base oil….Although it captures the spirit of the essence…it is very mild…The other is a powerfully scented blend….Where it might take an entire dram…or 1/8 ounce…of the first variation…the second would be overstated if more than 3 drops are used in an oil formula…

Planetary Influence of this is Venus….Secondary Planet of it is Mars

Although Mars is listed as a secondary planet…it should be under-stood that this is done because of its association with passion….Civet is a very female scent….While it may affect the male intensel…it is of and by the feminine nature….

Elemental Association…Earth

Secondary Element…Water

Zodiac Influence…Taurus

What it does is that it awakens self-confidence…particularly in women…and also…arouses sexuality…And is secretly helpful in frigidity and female sexual disorders…

One secret tool of women for attracting men Attracts men…When used in combination with other love oil…it is said to make women irresistible to men….Ahem! Yes pretty much…

Have a look at our reference links now…

  1. Civet by Civet
  2. Civet Oil by Well
  3. Civet Oil by Beauty

Civet Oil – Perfume Making And Information

I have this little bottle of this handkerchief roll perfume…And have some amazing memories linked to it…It is the same one I used on my farewell…and birthday…Also smells of certain perfumes remind me explicitly of people who used to wear them…That is the magic of smell…renders you nostalgic…

Civet oil has a similar smell…that lingers on with you…no matter in the senses…or in the mind….

Basically…Natural perfumes are crafted with sumptuous natural essences and pure bases….Botanical essences like essential oils and absolutes made from

  • Flowers
  • Leaves
  • Trees
  • Fruits
  • Nuts
  • Resins

And are the main odorants used in composing any type of perfume…These are the ones that have nothing to do with civet…

Now coming to the ones…the other group of the above fragrances…The other group of essences used are those derived from animal by products…
Best examples of this is Civet oil…an oily substance secreted by the Civet cat

Professionally…most natural perfumers prefer to work with botanical essences exclusively for ethical reason
Fortunately…in general perfumery…there are many synthetic…nature identical or similar alternatives for replacing most of the animal odor notes…

You know this process of making pure perfume is one of the most special activities to partake in…It’s simply magical to be able to craft perfumes that are hauntingly captivating…with intoxicating notes…or blends that are intense and passionate…boldly permeating the wearer’s environment…

However…one of the biggest challenges of natural perfumery is the matter of consistency in the quality of the aromatic essences used in the blends….
This can vary year to year….depending on ecological factors and each year’s harvest….A rose plantation that produced abundant premium grade absolute oil one year might have a poor harvest the following year….
This difference will reflect in your blends if that’s where you get your regular supply from….

In the blending process…the aromatic oils are added to the perfume base depending on the type of perfume that is being made….For perfume oils…the base could be Jojoba oil…solid perfumes can have a base of Jojoba Oil and Bees wax and Alcohol based perfumes can be made with pure grain alcohol….

Once the blending stage is over…oil based and solid perfumes can be used right away…but it wouldn’t hurt to leave the perfume to age for a couple of weeks before using it….
Alcohol based perfumes on the other hand….would need to be aged for 4-6 weeks to allow the fragrance to fully mature and any harsh notes to round out and allow the blend to blossom….

After aging…you will need to filter this type of perfume to remove any sediment that might be in it, so you can produce a clear liquid….
Whatever type of perfume you are making….working with natural essentials oils is always a beautiful experience….filled with whimsical discoveries and aromatic fantasies….

Now…have a look at our reference links…

  1. Civet by SPO
  2. Civet Oil by Well Sphere
  3. Civet by Civet Oil

Civet Cmells Cweet (Read Smells Sweet)

You know what a civet is right? Yeah the same small…carnivorous wildcat native to Africa and India…furry and rather cute…And yes If I wrote it as a heading…I mean it…It smells…sweet! The ‘C’ was just for alliteration…Hope my ‘innovation’ didn’t go waste..jk… Anyway…yeah so the cat…

I again take it for granted that you know that this cat is worshipped for its scent…which smells like some liquid from the skies…It is SO sharp and strong that it hits the senses right…As in anyone sleepy will instantly wake up! Because it is…SHARP!

Don’t have to feel guilty about its extraction…The musk produced by a gland at the base of the civet’s tail….also called civet oil…and yes I mean THE Civet Oil….is widely used as a perfume ingredient in North America and Europe…It is this exquisite and exotic fragrance of the west you know…Frequently…civet oil is reproduced synthetically for use in perfume compositions….

Pure civet has a very strong…Like I just mentioned in the prior paragraph…and has a disagreeable odor…The scent is said to be similar to musk’s…So you can imagine its strength and proportion…in terms of smell….But with a more smoky…sweaty aroma….However…when diluted and used in minute quantities…civet can add depth and warmth to a fragrance….It is also an excellent fixative….and is used in many top-quality perfumes to stabilize other…more delicate or volative ingredients…

You know this is not about just today…Civet oil has been used in the perfume industry for centuries and has been recorded as being imported from Africa by King Solomon in the tenth century B.C….Once refined…civet oil is prized for its odor and long lasting properties…

Amazingly enough….Civet oil is also valued for its medicinal uses which include-

  • The reduction of perspiration
  • A cure for some skin disorders
  • Claims of aphrodisiac powers

Although the development of sensitive chemical substitutes has decreased the value of civet oil…it is still a part of some East African and Oriental economies…

If you talk about the creatures….Civets typically ambush their prey…During the day…civets usually rest in a hollow tree…rock crevice or empty…shallow burrow….They are solitary animals maintaining a wide home range by scent marking trees on the borders of their territory….

You know this term “civet” is derived from an Arabic word describing the oily fluid and its odor secreted by the perineal glands….Scent marking is important in civet communication…but the method differs among species from passively passing the scent when moving about causing the gland to rub vegetation…to squatting and then wiping or rubbing the gland on the ground or some prominent object….

Some of the greatest and most expensive and illutrious perfumes draw a lot from Civet…Namely…

  • Chanel No. 5
  • Dior Diorissimo
  • Jean Patou Joy
  • Givenchy Ysatis
  • Estee Lauder Knowing
  • Guerlain Shalimar
  • Calvin Klein Obsession
  • Laura Biagiotti Roma
  • Carolina Herrera Carolina Herrera
  • Versace Blonde
  • Cartier Panthere
  • Joop! Joop! Femme
  • Elizabeth Taylor Passion
  • Nina Ricci Nina
  • Benetton Colors de Benetton

Phew! Filthy Rich ones! Have a look at our references now…

  1. Civet by HDO
  2. Civet Oil by SPO
  3. Civet Oil by Water And Stone