• From Civet to Your Cup – Kopi Luwak

    Posted on May 28, 2012 by Lola Kristiani in Food & Beverages.

    I went to Bali – Indonesia last week. I’m so happy because I had a chance to see coffee plantation in agro-tourism in the region Sailand Bangli-Bali. It was awesome, you can see a very beautiful view there, green countryside, nice weather, and slurping a nice coffee. Many factors that draw from a visit to the coffee plantations, especially for anyone who has never felt the atmosphere of agro tourism. Processing is still in traditional way; especially in the roasting process that relies solely on the stove of firewood is a peculiarity, which is offered here.

    Gate entry to the coffee plantation

    In that place they have several types of coffees, like Bali coffee, ginseng coffee, and civet coffee. Have you ever heard or tasted the civet coffee? Well you should now. For you all coffee goers, it won’t be right if you don’t try the civet coffee, or in local language they call it kopi luwak. From what I heard this coffee is now known in worldwide. You want to know what makes kopi luwak so special? That is because it has a rich flavor with hints of caramel or chocolate. The taste is almost syrupy and it’s very smooth. Other terms used to describe it are earthy and exotic.

    Luwak is a little mammal live in the trees and one of their favorite foods is the red, ripe coffee cherry. They eat the finest cherries, bean and all. Kopi luwak is coffee made from coffee beans collected from beans that have been eaten by luwak (civet), it fermented inside the civet stomach and eventually excreted. Then, the coffee is processed like regular coffee to get a high quality coffee.

    The process

    Who would think to (or even want to) collect and roast beans out of animal feces? Perhaps a native figured it was easier to collect the beans from the ground this way, rather than having to work harder and pick them from the trees? Because of the strange method in collecting these beans, there isn’t much Kopi luwak produced in the world. Because of the rarity of this coffee, the price is quite expensive. I think luwak coffee is spectacular and truly worth that amount of money. You are not paying only for an ordinary coffee, but for the experience of enjoying such an unusual and rare delicacy.

    Teas & coffees that you can enjoy there

    For those that don’t drink coffee, there you can also enjoying many types of teas. FYI: all the coffees and teas that served here are free of charged!! Yes they are free no matter how many cups you want, except for luwak coffee. For trying one cup of luwak coffee you’ll have to pay IDR 50.000 (equal to $5 USD) not bad right! You will also find a store there selling coffees and teas, and many other things like Indonesian spices, cinnamon, vanilla, etc.

    So guys if you’re in Bali now, or have plan to go to Bali soon you have to come to this place. Sailand coffee plantation in bangli region, near to Tampak Siring / Kintamani – Bali.

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