As Australians we are coffee snobs. We judge a café based on the barista coffee they serve. We know good coffee and we expect it.
Bali is not somewhere I would rank up there as a nation that knows their coffee – so when out on a day trip with Bali Hai Adventure tours and they wanted to take us to a coffee plantation – we were dubious.
And dubious we should have been – they served us shit coffee! Literally! The Luwak is a small animal that eats the coffee beans, digests them and poops them out! The pooped out coffee beans are then cleaned, roasted and ground for human consumption.
Now whoever discovered this as being a good thing to do – I have questions for. However, being the type of people that like to immerse ourselves in the cultures we visit – we went along for the ride.
How did it taste? Well it tasted like coffee. I wouldn’t say it blew us away – but it also wasn’t unpleasant.
The coffee plantation visit is more than just tasting the Luwak coffee – we were walked through the garden to see a variety of fruits being grown, shown the coffee production process and then treated to a tasting paddle of 15 different varieties of teas and coffee.
With delights such as coconut coffee, avocado coffee, mangosteen tea, pandan tea and ginger tea – it was quite an assault on the taste buds.
And to top it all off they had a baby Luwak that was quite happy to be held. The nocturnal animal was quite sleepy so safe to hold – apparently the adult animals are not quite as obliging!
We visited the Hidden Garden in Baturiti on this day tour with Bali Hai Adventures – but there are multiple Luwak Coffee plantations in Bali just waiting to serve tourists a cup of shit coffee!
Would you try it?
Itchy Feet Family