“Transforming the lives of Mt. Matutum rebels into Civet Coffee Farmers”
Discovering a specialty coffee widely known as Civet Coffee has changed the lives of the B’laan tribe occupying the forest areas of Mt. Matutum. Back in the days many tribesmen became bandits in order to survive and live with simple necessities like food, clothing and shelter. Today, their main livelihood is farming, collecting wild civet coffee also known locally as “Kafe Balos”, and protecting the mountain. A pound of Civet Coffee can cost anywhere from $100 to $500, and a single cup may cost as much as $80. The growth and financial sustainability resulting from the tribesmen working instead of looting has given them a new outlook on life and proves to be far more rewarding.