The Grand Grant Civet Oil

Here are some civet facts to drop your jaw.

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

Civet – The Majestic Animal Smell

The animal Civet is no doubt very majestic…More so because of the expensive benefits it does to us…I mean the expensive provisions we are bestowed upon by this animal…

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 flavours of energy to the fore….This is a pure anointing oil for external use only…

Though little is known about its biology and ecology…there are some descriptions of habitat use…it once inhabited lowland forests…lowland swamp and riparian forests in the coastal plain districts of Western Ghats – although now it appears to be confined to thickets in cashew plantations and to highly degraded lowland forests in northern Kerala…It has been found in lowland riparian forests in the coastal plain districts…The species is nocturnal and probably elusive

Natural forests have completely disappeared in the entire stretch of coastal Western Ghats…thus the present vegetation is of secondary origin and is mostly plantations…Of these…cashew plantations are the least disturbed…as they are not weeded…providing a dense understory of shrubs and grasses for this terrestrial species to take refuge in…However….most records from 1960-1990 were in valleys around riparian areas…suggesting that this species is dependent of shallow water courses where it may forage at night…

Civet oil is derived from civets…The animal I had been talking about in this article….They can be found in Africa and Asia….Civets are cat-like animals…and belong to the order Feliformia…which also holds –

  • Lions
  • Tigers
  • Hyenas
  • Domestic cats

The oil is used in some perfumes…

Civet oil is sometimes referred to as civet musk…because it has similar properties to musk….

Civet oil cannot ethically be used…and is not suitable for vegetarians or vegans alike…

Okay now have a look at our reference links…

  1. Civet Cat by Blue Planet
  2. Civet by About
  3. Civet by Dope

Foods…Gourmet…Civet

I won’t be surprised to see you get surprised at reading this surprising fact about Civet that they are consumed whole-sum too…I know some of you would be disgusted at the idea…others, inquisitive…and some just would like to read ahead…I’ll help each one of you…Simply read on…

You know Civet right? Yes I mean the same nocturnal animal…from the Viverridae family…found in Africa…and the East Indies…It is approximately 17-28 inches in length…excluding its long tail…and weighs about 3 to 10 pounds…

Although classified within the Carnivera order…the palm civet of Southern Asia (it’s actually named so because it can be found in palms)…is a fruit-eating mammal…Although the Viverridae family is distantly related to the Felidae family of which the common domestic cat is a member…the civet “cat” is not a cat…Indeed…it is more related to the mongoose than to any cat…

The civet is a cunning-looking little animal…with

  • Catlike body
  • Long legs
  • Long tail
  • Masked face resembling a raccoon or weasel

In some areas of the world…it has become an endangered species…hunted for its fur or as a food source…The civet’s taste for fruit has been its downfall in at least one area of southeast Asia…as early as the 18th century…the durian fruit was also called “civet fruit” because it was used as bait for catching civets….

The civet not only is fond of fruit…but has had a love-hate relationship with growers of a particular coffee bean in Viet Nam…Civets love this bean…and search out the tastiest examples with their long…fox-like nose….The hardiest beans survive the digestive process of the civet…and are prized in caphe cut chon…or fox-dung coffee Vietnamese call the civet “fox”…

Non-Kosher (just in case you were wondering)…Civet is used in

  • Beverages
  • Candy
  • Pastries
  • Gum
  • Ice cream

It is derived from the unctuous secretion from the gland receptacles between the anus and genitalia of both male and female African Civet-cats (Viverra civetta)…

As a matter of fact….These wild animals are considered great delicacies in China…and are also bred there for human consumption…Kept in squalid surroundings…stacked cage upon cage…they can be found in markets throughout southern China…

Okay now please have a look at our reference links…

  1. Civet by Emery
  2. Civet by www.straightdope.com
  3. Civet by BP

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