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How was this product started?


Bantai Civet Coffee is a new product brand, which sprung from an animal conservation project of a US Peace Corps Volunteer of the Philippines, and local youth and agricultural organization leaders of Ifugao Province. Together, Dustin Butler and Gerald Puguon Jr. established and unveiled a memorial agro-forest park, dedicated to the life and memory of US Peace Corps Volunteer Julia Campbell, who tragically lost her life in this area of the Philippines during her tour of duty. The Julia Campbell Agro-Forest Memorial Park was established to demonstrate and put into practice sustainable, environmentally friendly agricultural practices, and to serve as a site for youth agricultural trainings and campouts, and wildlife and forest conservation. The civet conservation project was begun when Dustin, Gerald, and the local tribal caretakers of the park successfully rescued over a dozen of these animals from local trappers and black market meat sellers. The civets were set free within the surrounding shade grown coffee forests. However, the tribal coffee farmers needed to be convinced that this coffee eating animal wasn’t simply a pest that threatened their badly needed farming income.  The farmers were encouraged to collect the beans left behind by the released and indigenous civets, and it didn’t take long for them to see the value in this profitable civet picked crop. The civets are now considered a valuable part of the farm economy by the Filipino coffee farmers.


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