[Homeroast] Kopi rears its ugly head yet again

Sandy Andina sandraandina at me.com
Fri Dec 14 11:46:38 CST 2012

So many people were under the impression that Kopi Luwak was harvested from civet droppings found in the wild, analogous to going "truffling" in the woods with one's trusty hound or hog in tow. We'd thought the coffee was a harmless, albeit extravagant and somewhat disgusting, curiosity. Thanks for setting the record straight. Directing my coffee-indulgence dollars to Gesha instead.

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On Dec 12, 2012, at 7:16 PM, Lynne <lynnebiz at gmail.com> wrote:

> Folks, this has been discussed on the list before (in fact, I seem to
> recall Tom even wrote some about it).
> Please, please, please - don't forget (and just in case some of our members
> don't know): the Kopi Luwak animals are put through *horrendous* abuse in
> order to obtain these kernels of profit. I don't know about any of the
> other animals that process poop-coffee, but I suspect the same.
> The Wiki <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_Luwak> article states:
> Due to the demand growing numbers of intensive civet "farms" are emerging
>> across south-east Asia, confining tens of thousands of animals to live in
>> tiny cages and be force-fed. '"The conditions are awful, much like battery
>> chickens," said Chris Shepherd, deputy regional director of the
>> conservation NGO Traffic south-east Asia. "The civets are taken from the
>> wild and have to endure horrific conditions. They fight to stay together
>> but they are separated and have to bear a very poor diet in very small
>> cages. There is a high mortality rate and for some species of civet,
>> there's a real conservation risk. It's spiralling out of control. But
>> there's not much public awareness of how it's actually made. People need to
>> be aware that tens of thousands of civets are being kept in these
>> conditions. It would put people off their coffee if they knew."'[20]
> Another article<http://dailycoffeenews.com/2012/11/26/caging-and-abuse-allegedly-increasing-in-kopi-luwak-production/>quotes
> the Guardian:
> Animal welfare groups contend that growing numbers of such civet “farms”
>> are emerging across south-east Asia, confining tens of thousands of animals
>> to live in tiny cages and force-fed a debilitating diet. The Asian palm
>> civet is common, but conservationists claim that related species are
>> sometimes used which are under threat of extinction. The binturong, another
>> cat-like species that is sometimes used to produce Kopi Luwak, is classed
>> by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s red list as
>> “vulnerable”.
> ...and this is the article in the Guardian from which the above was quoted:
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/nov/19/civet-coffee-abuse-campaigners?fb=optOut
> ]
> This is a most horrendous way to make money, and I beg my coffee-loving
> family here at SM's to think about this before giving any money to
> perpetuate this abuse.
> Guess I should have saved the bunch of coffee beans my dog ate & pooped out
> about a year ago - could have made a good buck there - despite how toxic
> they are for dogs, my Emma survived with nothing to show except a LOT of
> activity... the same can't be said for these poor Kopi Luwak animals...
> makes me wonder.... where is the 'human' in humanity?
> Lynne
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