Luwak Coffee Bali Indonesia

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Walk with Cham at Luwak Coffee Tasting

Coffee & Tea Tasting

This is not really on our itinerary though I read in my research that Bali is famous for their Luwak Coffee but since I'm not a coffee drinker, I didn't even think of putting this on my list. Although when our van driver asked us if we wanted to try the free coffee tasting (they're everywhere), my brother (who loves to drink coffee) immediately said yes. So after our quick stop at Tegallalang Rice Fields the van dropped us off at a nearby place with a big sign 'Luwak Coffee, free coffee tasting'

Luwak Coffee is famous for being one of the most expensive coffees. It comes from a wild cat called Luwak (in Indonesia), Civet (in English) and Alamid (in Philippines). These wild cats eat coffee berries and once defecated the locals gather them making these the beans of brewed coffees thus the reason for it being pricey.

Signage outside

A coffee tour guide quickly welcomed us and the next thing we knew we were at a small organic-foresty factory of coffee making.

Spices on display

We saw three Civets locked in a cage as samples. It was a sad view looking at them. These three out of their many Civets are forced fed to eat the coffee berries so that they can produce their famous Luwak coffee. This process is not actually new to us Filipinos as we have the same offering in Tagaytay [which I've never tried because I don't drink coffee]. 

Civet or wild cat

They're in a cage :(

The guide showed us how it was organically made after it was defecated. They roast the beans until it becomes dark brown. Then they will grind the roasted beans and the fine roasted beans is sifted to transform it in powder consistency.

I tried it too!
And Gin

Coffee Tasting
They laid 14 different coffee and tea samples on our table with a description on a separate paper. From the list we liked Ginger Tea, Lemon Tea, Chocolate Coffee, Vanilla Coffee and Cinnamon Coffee

Let the tasting begins!
Coffee and Tea option

You can notice that from the list, there is no Luwak Coffee because tasting it is not for free. So for the complete experience, we ordered one cup to taste worth Rp 50,000 (P174). And yes according to Kuya, it tasted rich and good (I also tried it but I couldn't distinguish if it's better than other ordinary coffees though)

Kuya tasting the Luwak Coffee

Coffee Shop
At the end of the tour, customers who liked the coffee can buy it at their shop. My sister bought a lot to take home plus the palm sugar that is said to be healthier than regular sugar while I bought a pack of Cinnamon Coffee to drink at home, even if I'm not a coffee drinker I liked its taste.

Luwak Coffee for Sale (They're quite expensive!)

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