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Bali 2013: The Kopi Luwak + Coffee Tour Balinese Style

On our way to Bedugul from Taman Ayun Temple, our driver asked us if we wanted to have a coffee tour as we will be passing by a few coffee plantations. It was still early and we didn’t have much planned for the day, my brother and I agreed.

We pulled over at Subak Bali Agro and we were approached by a guy who toured us around. The place was not huge as this is not where the coffee plantation is. We were showed where the traditional way of grinding and roasting of coffee takes place.

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grinding coffee beans
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roasting the coffee beans
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coffee beans and flavors

Various plants and trees are grown in the area.

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Coffee beans

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Pinya-ple!
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Cacao
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Our guide for this tour

I learned from our guide that cocoa fruit can be eaten. He opened a fruit and made us taste it. I actually liked it that he gave us the whole fruit to take home.

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New-found favorite

Then comes the point of this tour – coffee taste-testing. While I am not really a coffee drinker, I am curious as to what we will be having to drink. We were led to our own hut where our guide introduced to us the 16 variants of drinks he will prepare for us.

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our own private hut for coffee tasting

Hold your breath and don’t be overwhelmed. You can try anything and everything for free. Here’s the menu –

1. Vanilla Coffee

2. Coconut Coffee – our favorite!

3. Ginger Coffee – my #2 choice

4. Balinese Coffee

5. Mocha Coffee – surprisingly, I didn’t like it much

6. Ginseng Coffee

7. Lemongrass Tea – I like it too!

8. Lemon Tea

9. Ginger Tea

10. Rosella Tea

11. Cangwood Tea

12. White Turmeric Tea

13. Turmeric and Tamarind Tea

14. Mangosteen Tea – nice one too!

15. Hot Chocolate

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What’s your flavor?
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our long line of drink to bottoms-up… not.

And the highlight of this tour, #16. Kopi Luwak. While everything else is free, a cup of Kopi Luwak costs 50,000 Rp or roughly $5, the most expensive coffee in the world.

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My brother enjoying his Kopi Luwak

According to Wikipedia, “Kopi Luwak, or civet coffee, refers to the beans of coffee berries once they have been eaten and excreted by the Asian palm civet.”

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The Luwak

Our tour ended with a visit to their gift shop. The drinks sampled can be purchased here for souvenir.

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