Exotic Every Sip – Civet

Civet coffee….Kopi Luwak is the world’s most expensive coffee….It is also known as coffee alamid or civet coffee….Know how it is obtained…? No I have no intentions of jerking you in your seat but just to inform you….It is made from droppings of civet cats…These cats select and eat ripe coffees…It is believed that digestive juices degrade beans’ proteins to amino acids that contribute to its unique flavour during roasting…The coffee is also less bitter because it begins to germinate inside civet stomach…

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It’s hard to gather civet droppings in a wide coffee farms…Some farmers engaged in raising civet cats to produce more coffee alamid…Civet cats are fed with ripe coffee beans….Droppings are collected…washed and dried

I’ll give you some handy tips in case you want to engage in civet coffee production…You probably want to roast your own coffee….It cannot be roasted in commercial roasting machine because such equipment has high volume capacity….Your precious coffee will get burnt in no time….Getting a two kilogram capacity drum roaster is a great idea but it might be too expensive…On the other hand, there are cheaper alternatives….Read on…

1. The common thing to all coffee roasters is heat…Basically…roasting is get done through heating…Now is the time to get your frying fan…Roast a measure amount of coffee over a low fire with continuous stirring…Slow roasting over a low fire is more controllable than fast roasting over high flame…

2. Ask a nearby machine shop to build a small and simple drum roaster…Drum rotation can be manually operated or machine controlled…A candy thermometer maybe installed for more accurate roasting…

3. Coffee can be roasted in stove top corn popper….Put a measured amount of coffee and roast it like popping a corn…Candy thermometer installed will give more roasting control…

Okay now have a look at our references…

  1. Civet Cat Coffee by Allen
  2. Civet Coffee by Dabbler
  3. Civet by Owl

Secret Of Exotic Smells – Civet Oil

One actually feels quite well aware when they can mention names of things that many are not aware of, especially if those names hae to do with somethings really exotic and world-wide famous. One such things is Civet oil, not many know that the most expensive and exotic fragrances of the world use it as an integral compound in their perfumes.

The African civet hunts exclusively on the ground at night, resting in thickets or burrows during the day. An opportunistic and omnivorous predator, it will eat carrion, but prefers small mammals. Birds, eggs, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, fruit, berries, and vegetation round out its diet. African civets deposit their droppings in one place creating middens or “civetries.” Although typically found at territorial boundaries, they also mark their territory using their perineal gland.

The civet is a small, carnivorous wildcat native to Africa and India. The musk produced by a gland at the base of the civet’s tail – also called civet oil – is widely used as a perfume ingredient in North America and Europe. Frequently, civet oil is reproduced synthetically for use in perfume compositions.

Pure civet has a very strong, disagreeable odor. The scent is said to be similar to musk, 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 volatile ingredients.

Some perfumes for women that feature civet in their composition include -

  • 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

The civet’s (specifically the African Civet, Civetticus civetta) scent is also useful to those wishing to track big cats, a researcher in a recent issue of Natural History relating that central American jaguars (Panthera onca) are especially drawn to the civetone in Calvin Klein’s “Obsession.” Good to know if you’re in search of big cats, but it still leaves the question of what civetone actually is and why it is important. For that, I turn to Richard Despard Estes Behavior Guide to African Mammals, in which he describes the olfactory communication of the animals.

Have a look at the reference links now -

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

Civet – The Sacred Animal

There is a wide-spread idea that the animal called civets are killed during the rpocess of extracting the oil of civet from them. The idea holds no water, ther is a complex menthod of obtaining the oil from civets but in no way are the animals killed during it.

All other species of palm civets live in the forests of Asia. Their semiarboreal life style is supported by sharp, curved, retractile claws, hairless soles, and partially fused third and fourth toes which add to a more sure-footed grasp. Although skillful climbers, they spend considerable time foraging on the ground for animals and fallen fruits. The broad-faced binturong, or bear cat, has a strong, muscular long-haired tail that is prehensile at the tip. This characteristic is unique among viverrids. The body hair is long and coarse.

There are five species of banded palm civets and otter civets (subfamily Hemigalinae), all living in the forests of Southeast Asia. Perhaps best known is the banded palm civet, named for the dark brown markings on its coat. The general coat color ranges from pale yellow to grayish buff. The face is distinctly marked by several dark longitudinal stripes. The coloration of the body is broken by about five transverse bands stretching midway down the flank. The tail is dark on its lower half, with two broad dark rings at the base. Foraging at night on the ground and in trees, the banded palm civet searches for -

  • Rats
  • Lizards
  • Frogs
  • Snails
  • Crabs
  • Earthworms
  • Ants

Otter civets could be mistaken for long-nosed otters. Similar in habit and appearance, otter civets are excellent swimmers and capable of climbing trees. Their toes are partially webbed, but their dense water repellant fur, thick whiskers, and valve-like nostrils are effective adaptations for living in water and preying on fish. There are two species which show differences in their coat coloration and number of teeth. Otter civets have smaller ears, blunter muzzles, shorter tails and more compact bodies than most banded palm civets.

There are 19 species of true civets and genets classified in the subfamily Viverrinae. One of the best known is the African civet. A rather large, heavily built, long-bodied and long-legged carnivore, it is the most doglike viverrid. Preferring to be near water, it lives in a variety of habitats ranging from moist tropical forest to dry scrub savannah. It is considered terrestrial, climbing trees only in an emergency such as when hunted.

Go through these reference links now -

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

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