Month: February 2011

Civet Coffee from the Philippines

It was an easy yes for me when I was invited to join the coffee junket organize by Alamid Cafe Xpress, even if this trip involves hiking a mountain, and that it was on a Thursday. As coffee lover, I would not pass the rare chance to see the source of the most expensive coffee in the world.   Alamid – Civet Cat in the Philippines No, I was not in Sumatra, Indonesia, where the world famous Kopi Luwak is produced. Now, if you’ve never cared about coffee before, here’s a quick FYI: Luwak coffee beans are those gathered from the civet’s droppings. Poop? Yep. Curious for more info? The civets are these long-tailed catlike animals that prowls the coffee-growing lands at night for the ripest coffee cherries. Then they get processed inside the civet’s intestine and out came the indigestible seeds the natural way. These are then collected, washed, dried, sorted, roasted, and then find its way into your coffee cup. It is actually due to this natural process that made the civet coffee very smooth. Civet coffee costs between Php700-1500 per 50 g. (USD150-300 per pound)! Civet Cats at Mt. Malarayat Thursday morning 10ish, I was among the 15 people invited hiking up the trail of Mt. Malarayat in Lipa, Batangas. We were here to see and learn about the Alamids, the local name for civets. Not...

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wanderlass turns 4!

A couple of weeks ago, fellow wanderlust friend  Benj announced that his blog visitsagada.com turned 3. This got me to muse about my own blog turning 3 in February. But then I did the math and realized it’s actually turning 4. Today! Looking Back The beginning of 2007, I’ve decided to travel to Europe that summer.  Filipino passport and all, I needed an itinerary and I couldn’t decide on one and got so overwhelmed with planning!  When I was in school, I’ve developed a working tactic of jotting things down to organize my thought. And this brought me to start...

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Philippine Hot Air Balloon Festival

The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is an annual 4-day event in Omni Aviation Complex in Clark Field, Angeles City, Pampanga.. It was first conceived by the tourism department to help revive the economy of the lahar devastated province. On it’s 16th year, the colorful festival features creative hot air balloons in various shapes and form. It also exhibits different aviation shows such as paragliding, light airplanes, flying formations, kite flying and others. I joined the balloon festival the first time in 2009. It was a lot of fun but we had to battle the crowd for the...

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