Kopi Luwak, coffee lovers, this one is for you.
I am not going to go into the whole process but the washing and roasting of poop-covered coffee beans come at a price.
Wait, that is the process. There, now you know the process, poops, I mean oops.
I tasted 13 different coffees and teas this morning. So you will have to excuse the caffeine-driven blog of mine. If you like coffee, and who doesn’t? I mean seriously, how do you get going without that lovely aroma and taste first thing in the morning? Alright, it’s not the be-all and end-all, but if you are into coffee, then come with me on this tasting trip.
Entering the location is a maze of local plants. From vanilla, cocoa, coffee, bananas, mango, saffron, mangosteen, avocado, roselle, ginger, rice, lemongrass, coconut, and ginseng. A complete variety of teas and coffees are available here and the best part is, it is free!
Wait did I say it is free? Yes, all the tasters you see in the photo are free. They would be larger than a shot glass and I would have been fine having all the tasters but I felt bad, to be honest. I ordered a vanilla coffee because it is as close as I can get to a latte. Sacrilege, I know but such is life.
Authentic Bali teas and coffees are made on-site at Satria Agrowisata. Located in a lush jungle setting with winding walkways for at least 70 meters lead us to a 30-meter-long grass roof shelter. Under the shelter are connected tables just as long.
This plantation remains best known for offering kopi luwak or civet coffee, produced with beans previously eaten, partially digested, and then excreted by the Asian palm civet, a small tree-climbing animal.
Because of its undeniably unappealing production method, Kopi Luwak remains among the most expensive coffees on the planet. If you choose to take a guided walk around the jungle plantation there are plenty of guides on hand.
By definition: https://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_luwak
The origin of civet coffee is motivated by the history of coffee cultivation in Indonesia. In the early 18th century, the Dutch established commercial plantations in their colonies in the Dutch East Indies, especially on the islands of Java and Sumatra. One of them is Arabica coffee plantations with seeds imported from Yemen. In the era of “Forced Cultivation” or Cultuurstelsel(1830-1870), the Dutch forbade indigenous plantation workers from picking coffee cherries for personal consumption, but the locals wanted to try the famous coffee drink. Then the plantation workers finally found that there was a kind of weasel who liked to eat coffee cherries, but only the flesh of the fruit was digested, the epidermis and coffee beans were still intact and undigested. The coffee beans in the civet droppings are then picked up, washed, roasted, ground, then brewed with hot water, creating civet coffee.  The news about the enjoyment of this aromatic coffee finally caught the attention of the Dutch plantation owners, and then this coffee became the favorite of the rich Dutch people. Due to its rarity and unusual manufacturing process, Kopi Luwak has also been an expensive coffee since colonial times.
Kopi Luwak in reality.
I have had it on more than one occasion. I have tasted it on its own and with my usual milk and sugar added. All I can personally say is that it seems creamier and smoother than regular coffee. However, my sense of taste may be off as much as my musical skills are non-existent. I can’t tell the difference between a $5 or a $1000 bottle of wine.
Don’t take my word for it. Hop on a plane and visit Indonesia yourself. Or go buy some online and make it yourself if you wish. The point is that there must be something to it. There must be something to the real and authentic, non-watered down Kopi Luwak. Please check out all the teas and coffees as this is a pretty cool place for coffee and nature lovers alike.
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