Luwak Coffee Plantation Ubud
Luwak Coffee or civet coffee is a coffee made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet and other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract.
THE MAKING OF LUWAK COFFEE
A civet eats the berries for their fleshy pulp. In its stomach, proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet’s intestines the beans are then defecated, keeping their shape. After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness, widely noted as the most expensive coffee in the world.
LUWAK COFFEE PLANTATION
Would you drink coffee made from poop? Yes, I said it ladies, poop. The world’s most expensive and exclusive coffee in the world is made from just that, poop. On my trip to Bali, Indonesia, I ventured to the legendary Luwak Coffee Plantation. Here I participated in a step-by-step tour of how this specialty coffee is produced and then enjoyed a coffee tasting overlooking lush jungle terrain. A bit skeptical at first, I was blown away by learning about the intense craft and precise art of poop that is required in the curation of the world’s must delicious coffee.
MOST EXPENSIVE COFFEE
Kopi luwak is the world’s most expensive coffee. The main factor of it’s high price is the uncommon method of producing such a coffee. This coffee is produced from the coffee beans which have been digested by a certain Indonesian cat-like animal called then palm civet or also civet cat. This is the reason kopi luwak is often called “cat poop” coffee.
BALI ANIMAL COFFEE
Coffee beans are actually seeds found in the pit of cherry-sized fruits on the coffee plant. Removing these seeds in the preparation of coffee can be done through fermentation. Over the years humans have devised several ways to synthesize that process of fermentation. But fermentation also happens naturally in the wild through an animal’s digestive tract. Here at the Coffee Plantation, the civet cat eats the ripest berries of a coffee plant and through the process of digestion, the seed is separated from the fruit and is fermented. After about 24 hours, the cat will poop the seeds out naturally and voila… the magic in the coffee making process begins.
Following the collection of the cat’s waste, the beans are carefully washed, dried, pounded and finally, roasted over an open-fire. Some coffee connoisseurs say that the natural process of fermentation leaves the final cup of coffee tasting much smoother and less acidic than any other coffee. I wanted to try for myself, so I eagerly requested to participate in a tasting.
FROM CATS TO THE COFFEE TASTING
The tour provided a step-by-step overview of the coffee making process and even allowed for the opportunity to visit with the famous “coffee cats“. They were a bit scary looking – a mix between a possum, cat and rat. But despite their strange appearance, I was impressed with how much these animals cuddled with one another – I caught one pair of cats aggressively spooningand assumed they must be husband and wife, or perhaps friends with benefits?
BALINESE COFFEE PLANTATION
At the end of the tour we were guided to a beautiful table overlooking a picturesque backdrop of green tiered rice terraces and palm trees. It was absolutely beautiful. The friendly Balinese staff provided us with a generous sampling of specialty teas and coffees, including the famous Luwak coffee. I first tried the lemon grass tea and was amazed with the zesty, fresh flavor and hints of ginger. As a chocolate lover, the mocha coffee was as sweet and rich as can be.
CAT POO COFFEE BALI
But the Luwak coffee, the world renown poop coffee, was the smoothest cup of coffee I have ever tasted in my life. With a subtle taste of caffeine, the coffee had a very unique and relaxing aroma to it. Perhaps it was the poop effect? Regardless, I left impressed with the Luwak coffee. I now know why this cup of specialty coffee costs $50 a cup in New York City! For more information on my insider experience tasting Luwak coffee in Bali, see below for personal photographs. Be sure to put this hotspot and tour on your list when in Bali, Indonesia. You just can’t experience Bali without a taste of poop, oops I meant Luwak.
BEST COFFEE TESTING FOR UBUD AND KINTAMANI BALI
Satria Agrotourism Ubud
Taste authentic Bali teas and coffees at Satria Coffee Plantation, The Satria coffee plantation has to places for testing any type of Balinese coffee products made with traditional way. Located in the famous tourist destination of Ubud, Lodtunduh village and in a lush jungle setting of the Saribatu village jalan Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Gianyar Regency on the way to Kintamani volcano.
Bali Pulina Agrotourism Ubud
Want to take a sip of Bali’s famous coffee? Then your next travel destination should be the coffee plantation at Bali Pulina Agro Tourism. The most recommended when you visit Ubud. As a nature lover, the natural beauty that surrounds the whole place will be amazed you. Bali Located 3 minutes from the rice terrace of Tegalalang Ubud and see the different species among the plants. During your visit the guide at Bali Pulina Agro Tourism will tell you about all the different species and you can always take a tour to learn.
Uma Pakel Agro Tourism Ubud
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. Despite–or because of–this undeniably unappealing production method, kopi luwak remains among the most expensive coffees on the planet. Take a guided walk around the jungle plantation to learn more about the unusual production process.
One of the places to drink coffee or coffee shop in Gianyar Regency. This coffee shop / cafe is one of the recommended places to drink coffee because it offers various types of processed coffee drinks such as cappuccino, Americano, milk coffee and black coffee. All coffee menus are served with the best quality and taste. In addition, Lumbung Sari House Of Luwak Coffee also provides a comfortable (cool) place with photogenic/instagramable decorations.
Alas Harum is one of popular agrotourism object which is located in Jl. Lunga Tegallalang, around 20 minutes from Central Ubud. This place will be offering you many activities like the steps of making the luwak coffee, swing, zip line and a lot of spots for taking picture with perfect beautiful view like a private terrace view, glass floor, bird nest, dancing bridge, the big curve of gorilla face and pekak brayut. Moreover, Alas Harum also has the biggest luwak statue in Indonesia.
Bali coffee plantation Ubud Day Tour and interesting places to be visited around Ubud. This tour will begin with the hotel pickup at 9:00 a.m. The places will be visiting during this tour such as the unique Balinese coffee Plantation Luwak, Bali swing Ubud, Tegalalang rice terrace and Tegenungan waterfall..
Bali Coffee Plantation is a product that is processed by Balinese coffee farmers in a traditional way. also called Bali Agro Tourism, is a place where you will see herbal plants and tropical plantations. A new experience to process and utilize natural wealth and learn about the most unique coffee making processes that will change your knowledge of coffee and tea.
Tegenungan Waterfall is located in the village of Tegenungan Kemenuh, Sukawati sub-district, Gianyar regency. This tourist attraction offers a cool atmosphere and the beauty of panoramic views. The location of Tegenungan waterfall is very easy to reach by car with a distance of 15 minutes from the city of Ubud.