I normally do not take coffee as each time I drink, it gives me a huge wallop on my head. The headaches can last for 3 days. But I ventured to risk a it as this opportunity (with a few cups) was too good to pass. Mercifully no headaches assault came!
I was in a village cooperative that produce the dreaded and loved (depending on the sensitivity) gourmet and expensive beverage. The cats are supposed to pick up the best beans which is an acceptable rule of thumb.The same goes to bats and squirrels. However, these cats were in confinement and were fed with quality Arabica beans. Arabica beans were planted at only 1000m above sea level. It is considered the best beans. Robusta beans are not used as it is of poorer quality. In fact it was mentioned that the civets will turn their nose up at these beans.
Finally, before we jumped into the ethical debate on this practice the cooperative has set up standards of practices and cleanliness as well as the duration of confinement for these creatures. However, this may not provide scant comfort for animal lovers as being caged is still being caged.