I had no idea this is how coffee grew.
The cocoa tree has green star fruit like fruit growing, when you open it, it’s filled with cocoa beans.
A cinnamon tree, I had no idea they looked like this and the leaves smelt like extra strength cinnamon.
The civet cat looks like a mix between a house cat and a raccoon.
This is what the coffee looks like after they pick it up from the cat cage, before it’s cleaned.
The coffee beans are then roasted in this iron pot for 1 hour.
After roasting the beans are ground in the pot to the right and then sifted in the area to the left to make sure no large pieces are left.
All the chickens in Bali are each under a cage like this, not sure why.
A sample of all the coffees and teas they make. My favorite was the coconut coffee and lemongrass tea.
The Balinese are Hindus and have little areas like this all over the island, they offer food, incense and flowers several times a day. I thought it was cute that someone left a cup of coffee.
I first read about Luwak kopi about 7 years ago and being someone that’s really interested in coffee, just had to try it. When we first went to Bali 4 years ago I brought some home, but was unsure how to make it and ended up forgetting about it. This coffee is also known as the most expensive coffee in the world, and can cost about $50 per cup.
In Bali the coffee fruit grows and then at night the civet cat (super cute) eats the fruit, after they poo, workers then clean it up and allow it to dry. Then the coffee is picked, roasted and ground. As you see it’s an extensive process, and that’s why it cost so much. They make quite a bit of money doing this, since even $10 is a lot in Bali. I also learned how to make it, which is just the same process of Turkish coffee, but this coffee is much stronger, so strong, in fact that I don’t personally care for it and I’m someone who loves my espresso.
We had seen a few luwak coffee tours and of course for me this is what I wanted to do more than anything. In my head I was picturing a huge production and this was very small, but I still really enjoyed it and learned so much. The entire tour was free, as well as the sampling, which I wasn’t expecting either, but they do have a small shop for you to visit before you leave where you can buy coffee, teas and spices that they make. The items are not cheap, but it’s a once in a lifetime experience and things that you can’t find anywhere else. We ended up buying the coconut coffee (which my husband has claimed) lemongrass tea and the Balinese cocoa (for T) as well as Balinese Vanilla for cooking.
The tour is located in Ubud, which ended up being my favorite area in Bali to date. It’s about 30 minutes from the beach area in the south and located in the mountains where you will find rivers and all kinds of green, my version of paradise. I recommend taking the time to do this if you visit Bali, it was really a great little tour.