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0 Educational Visit to Luwak Coffee Plantation, Bali

21 Dec 2014 | 15:59:00

Bali . 2014 . Nov 16


This post is part of our Bali Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.

Bali is a land of many coffee plantations, and it is said that the most expensive and luxurious  coffee in the world - Luwak coffee originates from Indonesia.


Luwak is the local Indonesian name for the Asian Palm Civet cat and Luwak coffee (or Kopi as the Indonesians call it) was produced by feeding coffee beans to the civet cat,  The beans undergoes fermentation in the guts of the cat, and eventually gets passed out through the feces of the cat.  This method was said to enhance the flavor of the beans.


There are plenty of Luwak coffee plantations and show-houses around Bali, and the one that our private guide brought us to was just one out of many that we passed by in Bali. Our guide has chosen this plantation as it is just around 5 minutes' drive away from Tanah Lot.


Although I drink coffee every single day, this is the first time I’ve seen coffee berries.


Beside coffee, spices such as cinnamon were also grown in the plantation.


That’s the star of the plantation – the Civet cat, its poo responsible for the finest coffee in the world which is Luwak coffee.


That’s the undigested coffee beans in the dried poo of the civet cat.


After which the poo is removed and the beans purified.


Roasting the coffee beans…it really smells good!


At the end of the visit, you could pay IDR 50,000 for a cup of Luwak coffee.


And the cup of luwak coffee comes with free sampling of 12 varieties of coffee and tea!


My personal cup of Cat-poo-chino. To be honest, although this coffee was more aromatic than the usual Bali coffee and leaves no bitter aftertaste, it’s hardly the best coffee we ever had. So save your 5 bucks if you must.


The mangosteen peel and lemongrass tea were among the best in the 12 samples and we made up our minds to buy it.…


Until we saw the price tag in the shop….


That’s about SGD12 bucks for a really small packet (the tea powder didn’t even fill up to the top of the paper bag).  Quite a rip-off. Now we understand why they could afford to give free sampling!


The prices of coffee were not any much cheaper.


This incredibly small packet of Luwak coffee (200 grams) cost close to SGD $80!  Insane! I would rather spend the money on another night at Eden! :)


The smaller pack (100 grams) cost more than SGD $40.


We didn't bother to check the price of the ginseng coffee anymore..


Well, the attitude of the staff changed as quickly as the weather when he realised that we were not buying anything (of course not, outrageous prices!), and saw us out immediately...haha..Nevertheless, we had a good time at the coffee plantation.


Join us next as we visit other sights of Bali.

This post is part of our Bali Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.


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0 Tanah Lot – The temple on the Land next to the Sea

16 Dec 2014 | 06:30:00

Bali . 2014 . Nov 16


This post is part of our Bali Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.

Besides enjoying the privacy and facilities of a villa, good food and traditional Balinese massages, our main objective of visiting Bali was to experience the culture, beaches and great sights of this wonderful Indonesian island. For this purpose, we chartered a car and driver to bring us sight-seeing for two days.


For those of you who are interested, you can check out Bali Bagus. We’d engaged their services for two full days and were quite pleased with it, but bear in mind that a lot would depend on the driver that is assigned to you.  You can also either take the itinerary planned by them, or customize it after discussion with your assigned driver.  The good thing about them is that they speak and write quite good English, so communication was never a problem.

Island of Ten Thousand Temples

Bali is known as the Island of ten thousand temples, and not without reason.  According to our driver cum tour guide, each and every household in Bali owns a temple, and that explains the presence of thousands of temples in Bali.

Even if you are short on time for sight-seeing, one of those places that you must never miss is Tanah Lot, and on second place, the Uluwatu Temple as well.  Both are situated on a coastal region overlooking the Indian Ocean with breathtaking scenery and wondrous sunset.


Bali is the home to most of the Hindu minority population of Indonesia.  As such, their temples were mostly influenced by Hinduism.   Tanah Lot remains one of the most popular sight-seeing location in Bali, and although it is a fully functional temple, the temple is not opened for tourists to enter.

This kind of split gates are prevalent everywhere in Bali!


Enjoying the breath-taking coastal scenery of Tanah Lot.  It reminds us a lot of the twelve apostles of the Great Ocean Road in Melbourne, Australia. Can’t help gaping in awe at the never ending Indian Ocean and its ferocious waves.


This is my favorite view of Tanah Lot.  From the top of a cliff, the temple looks like it exists in the middle of a stormy ocean.


Our private guide brought us to a small shrine located in a cave beneath the temple.  Miraculously, fresh spring water sprouts at this cave, although the surroundings were all ocean saltwater.


Wading across the ankle-deep water to get to the shrine for some blessings. After we washed our face and hands in the spring water, a religious staff was there to sprinkle some holy water, paste some rice grains on our foreheads and stick a frangipani flower behind your ear for good luck.  Good for me - I am in need of good luck in my life.


After we were ‘blessed’, we were allowed access to a cordoned-off area of the cliff for a different viewing angle.  Thanks to our local guide who knows the procedures here, otherwise, we may miss this out completely.


Spotted a cluster of crabs scurrying around near the cave.  Fortunately we didn’t step on them with our bare feet.


Another favorite view of mine.  That massive rock actually provides some shelter from the ferocious ocean waves, such that the water that comes inland were actually calm.


On our way back to our vehicle, we were curious about the license plates of the motorbikes and asked our guide to give us a lesson in reading licence plates.  According to him the numbers on the bottom right corner of each licence plates denotes the expiry date of this licence – the first number being the month, and the last number the year.  Based on that, it looked like a lot of the drivers in Bali were illegally driving their expired vehicles!


Overall, we had a fun and enjoyable morning at Tanah Lot.

Join us next as we sample the famous Bali Luwak Coffee.

This post is part of our Bali Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.


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