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Saturday, November 11, 2006

~Coffee Break ~

COFFEE FROM ANIMAL POOP ~ The most expensive coffee, which was sold at $500 per pound, is Kapeng Alamid (Philippines) or Kopi Luwak (Indonesia). It is coffee made from coffee berries which have been eaten by and passed through the digestive tract of the Common Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) or musang as it is known in the Philippines. Plain and simple -- it's animal poop.

What's the connection between climate change and coffee? Check this out...

There I was, under a tent, trying to get a brief and much needed break from the scorching Wednesday morning sun, when Mr. (C)hunk himself, Jasper "Yes, direct" Inventor pulled me aside and requested if I can assist at the Greenpeace Solar Cafe in front of the Philippine Senate Building.

Petite moi?!? A BARISTA-MAMA for a day?!? This is a much funkier, "you rock" experience than being appointed Senate President! Umm... no offense-meant to the Senate... kanya-kanyang trip lang :-)

I was beyond excited! Not only will I be living my hush-hush dream job, the Greenpeace Solar Cafe is proof that renewable energy such as solar power is feasible. Without any fuss, I said yes and stood beside Star Power ambassador Angel Aquino who was my fellow barista-mama. We were given a brief introduction on how the Solar Cafe booth works. Energy from the sun is captured by the solar panels, which is then transferred to the batteries, which then passes through the inverter to control the surge of electricity before it goes to the appliance -- in this case the coffee maker.

Not minding the heat, Angel and I were happily serving coffee and pandesal to the Senate staff. With the help of Greenpeace volunteers, the Solar Cafe was able to serve more than 100 guests! One of our distinguished "customers" was Senate President Manny Villar, who preferred his kapeng Barako black -- no sugar, no cream.

After a demanding but very fulfilling morning, the team packed the Greenpeace Solar Cafe. Our next stop? A Greenpeace Solar Bar at Boracay! We wish... :-)

~ Coffee Break ~

KAPENG BARAKO 101 ~ Kapeng Barako or the Philippine Liberica is considered rare and exotic, grown only in 3 countries out of about 70 coffee producing countries in the world. It takes its name from the Tagalog word for wild boar because these creatures are rather fond of dining on the plant's leaves and berries.

Coffee Break Trivia courtesy of Philippine Herbal Medicine and BBC News. Photos courtesy of BBC News, Jes Aznar for Greenpeace and Mr. Shailendra-baba Yashwant.

posted by dyabayns @ 10:29 PM,


At 11:27 PM, Anonymous gabino2624 said...

yey! congrats. solar cafe part 2 from BoI-DTI in 2002 to the Senate in 2006. and you were joined by Angel (again!) suking suki ang sis ko. congrats and i hope people realize that the best barako blend from the country is facing real threat like many other crops from human-induced climate change!

At 12:01 PM, Anonymous jona said...

i wonder what emotional or psychological trauma the first person who decided to gather, grind, brew and drink civet poop was going through...


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