In March, 2006, I began my journey from San Antonio, Texas to the Philippines by volunteering
for the U.S. Peace Corps. My assignment was to work with coffee and rice farmers in a remote tribal region of the Philippines.
I experienced life-changing events during my two years of service with the Peace Corps
In addition to developing numerous community projects, gaining new and lasting friendships, and marrying the love of my life, I found a career I truly love—bringing Bantai Civet Coffee to you!
While serving the community of Asipulo, Ifugao Province, a terrible tragedy occurred
A co-worker and fellow Peace Corps volunteer, Julia Campbell, tragically lost her life as she hiked in the nearby mountains. This event was devastating for the Campbell family, the other Peace Corps volunteers, and the people of the Ifugao Province. My local counterpart, Gerald Puguon Jr. and I developed a memorial site in tribute to Julia Campbell.
In addition, the Puguon family clan opened their indigenous organic farmland for public use as a camping, hiking, and educational training facility. The 40 hectare area is now The Julia Campbell Agro-Forest Memorial Park.
The park is also home to the Bantai Civet Coffee company and the civet coffee collection. Organic fruit and native rice farming are also beginning to generate income for continued development of the park.
Civet coffee, which is extremely rare and valuable, is produced naturally and collected by the park inhabitants
I buy directly from these farmers, and your Bantai Civet Coffee is freshly roasted when you order and shipped to you immediately.
Eleanor and Dustin Butler in tribal wedding attire