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Last updated at 17:54 GMT, Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Bean through an animal

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This Filipino coffee is definitely not to everyone's taste.

It comes from beans taken from the droppings of these cat-like animals called civets.

When they are eaten, the beans are fermented in the stomach by special enzymes.

Even if you can stomach the fact it's been through an animal, the price may put you off. It can cost almost $800 a kilo.

droppings

the waste of animals

fermented

the sugar in a foodstuff changed due to a chemical process

enzymes

chemicals important for digestion

to stomach

to tolerate

put (you) off

discouraged (you), made (you) lose interest

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Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from BBC news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

droppings / fermented / enzymes / to stomach / put (you) off


1. "There is no growth while the public debt is above 82% of GDP. There is no other way but _________ austerity measures."

2. The drink of choice will be tuba - gallons of the liquid have been prepared for visitors and participants. It is a wine made from the __________ sap of the coconut palm.

3. The message, delivered to around 40 would-be entrepreneurs at a workshop in Stratford, east London, is clear: Don't let the bad economic headlines __________.

4. __________ found at two sites along the River Wey in Guildford are proof of the otter's return to the area after 16 years, says Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Last year Professor Ole Petersen and colleagues at Cardiff University's School of Biosciences discovered a calcium-like molecule which could boost the pancreas' natural protection against these digestive ________.

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to stomach

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fermented

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put you off

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droppings

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enzymes

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