How do you feel of sipping the most expensive cup of coffee in the world?
If travelling to Bali wasn’t addictive enough, then sampling the island’s finest coffee might just push you over the edge so that you never want to come home. With a wet climate and high altitude mountainous areas, Bali has the perfect climate for coffee and chocolate beans to grow. Not only are the plantations cheaper and use less water than other fruit growing industries on the island, but they can also be grown sustainably and ethically. Plantation owners, working in tandem with the local way of life, support farmers while creating some of the world’s finest coffee and chocolate. From the most expensive in the world made from Asian cat droppings, to making your own hand-made chocolate, these plantations are an experience everyone will enjoy.
The pictures above are coffee berries, the coffee bean is deep inside. When you signed up for a coffee plantation tour you will have a change to meet a little creature in a cage they identified as a mongoose, an Asian Palm Civet that is known for it’s role in creating Kopi Luwak. Kopi luwa known, the most expensive coffee in the world. Kopi translates to coffee and the word luwak means Asian palm civet; a cat like animal that is native to South East Asia and Africa. Yes, we’re talking about “that coffee”, where the beans used have travelled through this creature’s intestine and have fermented in its digestive tract, staying intact the whole way through-all to improve the flavour! These cats eat the coffee berries for the flesh, but leave the beans inside undigested. These are passed and then collected, thoroughly washed, sun-dried, roasted and ground into coffee. The cat’s digestive process creates a more aromatic and less bitter bean. A cup of kopi luwak can sell for over $25 USD in western countries but in Bali can be bought for a mere $3-5.
North Bali just near Bali’s central lakes, Munduk Moding Coffee Plantation Nature Resort and Spa is one of the most ethical coffee plantations in Bali. It is a great place to breathe in the mountain air and see how locals grow exquisite coffee. The plantation is committed to persevering that natural landscape and working sensitively with the land and local population in order to keep this vastly unexplored part of the island protected. The plantation works with the local coffee farmers, pooling resources and creating the finest organic coffee. Organic coffee plantations use less water than other non-sustainable farms on the island and the shadowy trees mean that they attract a huge variety of birds and wild life.
The plantation works with the local coffee farmers, pooling resources and creating the finest organic coffee. Organic coffee plantations use less water than other non-sustainable farms on the island and the shadowy trees mean that they attract a huge variety of birds and wild life.
While visiting this plantation, it is not uncommon to see singing bush larks, pink necked pigeons, red jungle fowl and spider hunters. The plantation also offers luwak coffee, but here the Asian palm civets are not caged and the beans are collected by hand, so the coffee is very limited. You can also handpick vegetables with the chefs and sample some of the organic, home grown local food. Munduk Moding is the perfect place to escape to for the day or a week. Coffee lovers will not be disappointed.
Bali coffee is a very fine grind and is prepared without a filter, so the key is to mix one teaspoon with hot water, let it settle for about a minute and then enjoy.
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