PAGCOR Informant Says P1B Worth of Coffee Expenditures Was Spent on Civet-Askal-Tiger-Orca Coffee

“‘Cato’ stands for civet-askal-tiger-orca. Beans are fed to a civet which is in turn fed to an askal. The askal is then fed to a Bengal tiger and that tiger is fed to a killer whale. When the killer whale poops the beans are harvested.”

(Manila) An informant who worked for Efraim Genuino during his term as chairman of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) revealed last Saturday that P1 billion used by the agency for coffee drinks was spent on very expensive beans.

The informant, a ranking officer in PAGCOR’s Internal Audit Department, said that the P1 billion was used to buy a variety of coffee similar to civet coffee.

“It’s like civet coffee but better… and more expensive.” the informant said.

Most Expensive Coffee

In the Philippines, cato coffee is marketed as 'Tae ng Balyena.'

Civet coffee, or kape alamid as it is known in the country, is one of the most expensive varieties of coffee in the world. It is produced by having an Asian civet eat coffee berries and pass the beans through its digestive tract.

According to the informant, the variety purchased by PAGCOR is called “cato coffee.”

“‘Cato’ stands for civet-askal-tiger-orca. Beans are fed to a civet which is in turn fed to an askal. The askal is then fed to a Bengal tiger and that tiger is fed to a killer whale. When the killer whale poops the beans are harvested.”

A kilogram of cato coffee sells for $15,000 in the United States. In the Philippines, the same kilogram costs slightly less at P400,000 because the local mongrel or ‘askal’ is so integral to its production.

Illegal but Delicious

While the importation and sale of cato coffee is not illegal in the country, many local animal rights organizations have been very vocal about their opposition.

“The very idea of how many animals are sacrificed just to produce this so called ‘cato coffee’ is disgusting.” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Senior Liaison Jerome Watson said.

Fans of the coffee, however, claim that its taste alone justifies the killing of any number of animals.

“Of the four animals involved in the production process only three are killed. Of the three that are killed only one is actually endangered. None of the killing actually happens in the country.” Cato Coffee Corp. Philippines Spokesman Danilo Monteagua said.

Explains Lack of Public Bidding

The rare nature of the cato coffee may also explain why PAGCOR did not go through the public bidding process.

“Very few suppliers import this kind of coffee.” the informant explained. “The market is limited but they do pay well; only sophisticated, high class connoisseurs appreciate this kind of animal poop.”

“It’s true,” Monteagua said when asked about how good cato coffee is compared to regular coffee or civet coffee, “If you’re into coffee that has gone through an animal’s digestive system and subsequently harvested from its poop, try our coffee. You really won’t find it elsewhere.”

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3 thoughts on “PAGCOR Informant Says P1B Worth of Coffee Expenditures Was Spent on Civet-Askal-Tiger-Orca Coffee

    1. If you already have the coeffe beans, you will need to buy a coeffe grinder, electric is the best. If you have not purchased the beans, you can grind them in a special grinder at most food markets. Then, you will need a drip coeffemaker. For 10 cups, fill the coeffemaker with cold water to the line, put an appropriate paper filter into the coeffe filter, add 1 T. ground coeffe per cup then brew. That’s it!

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