Here’s a fun coffee fact to consider this National Coffee Day. Have you ever heard of “civet coffee?” It’s coffee that has been harvested from the poop of the Malayan civet (Viverra tangalunga)! Part of this mostly nocturnal omnivore’s diet includes coffee cherries; when consumed, it digests the flesh of the fruit, and then excretes the beans! This critter is native to Southeast Asia, where it lives in a variety of habitats, including forests and grasslands. It’s a member of the Viverridae family, which includes more than 30 species of civets, genets, linsangs, and binturongs across Southeast Asia and Africa.
Photo: Cloudtail the Snow Leopard, flickr