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Coffee for the price of gold

12 Jul

For most people, the day starts with a cup of coffee. May it be black, with cream, latte, etc.

The caffeine boost is what everyone’s after to get them on their game. And I’m pretty sure that you can relate when I say that you’re not as productive as when you have drank your coffee.

Coffee has been found to be the no.1 source of antioxidants. These antioxidants prevent and repair damage inflicted by free radicals. Studies also show that coffee consumption reduces the risks of Alzheimer’s disease,  Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, diabetes mellitus type 2,  and gout. Pretty beneficial huh?

But also be aware that too much coffee increases acid reflux, aggravates pre-existing conditions like gastroesophageal reflux disease, migraine, arrhythmia, and of course, can cause sleep disturbances. So drink moderately, 3-4 cups a day would do.

Okay, it’s getting boring with all the scientific side of the story. It just occurred to me, did you know that the Philippines is a source of one of the most expensive coffees in the world? Kopi luwak, or civet coffee is what I’m talking of. Locally known as motit coffee in the Cordillera region and kape alamid in Tagalog areas, these “crap” coffee beans are sold between US$100 and $600 per pound.

Kopi is the Indonesian word for coffee and Luwak is a local name of the Asian palm civet in Sumatra. The Asian palm civet eats the raw red coffee cherries, digests the soft outer part of it and excretes the inner beans.

The internal digestion adds a unique flavor, makes the it less acidic and removes the bitterness of the beans. They are then gathered, thoroughly washed, sun dried and given only a light roast so as to keep the many intertwined flavors.

If you are up for a strange brew at such an expensive cost, try this! Then tell me if it’s worth it. Haha!

For a local distributor, I found this link that you can refer to.