Just like the day before, we didn’t know where to go. Luckily, husband found a unique place named Bali Pulina, a place located in Tegalalang-Gianyar, a bit far from our hotel. Bali Pulina is a coffee plantation famous with its Kopi Luwak. In this place, they offered us an experience to see the luwak and the production process.
The entrance fee is IDR 100,000 or around 10 dollars per pax , and that’s including a cup of Kopi Luwak and a plate of fried banana. We were guided by experienced guide who was really warm and knowledgeable in explaining every details of the plantation.
Kopi luwak is the world’s most expensive coffee. The main factor of it’s high price is the uncommon method of production. It’s produced from the coffee beans which have been digested by a certain Indonesian cat-like animal called palm civet. This is the reason kopi luwak is also called cat poop coffee or civet cat coffee ?.
We started the tour in the civet cat’s cage, i saw how the luwak choosed the ripe coffee. When i tried to feed them with the raw one, they just took it, had a few tasting bites, then spat it out. Beside the cage, there was a chocolate plantation. The tour guide gave me one ripe chocolate fruit. it tasted like mangoestan.
Then we walked to traditional house that designed as production house of Kopi Luwak. The workers separated the coffee beans from the feces, wash it and then dry it under the sun. Once the beans were dry enough, they removed the outer skin. They put the coffee beans into a wooden mortar and pounded with a pestle. The beans were not affected by the pounding, but the skin broke apart, making the coffee beans easily be removed. In the next step, the beans were hand-sorted to remove any damaged beans. Then the kopi luwak beans were ready for roasting.
A short walk from production house, we arrived in the tasting area. The guide mentioned that Bali Pulina was not only produced kopi luwak, but also Chocolate, Ginger Coffeee, etc (see the picture below). We can try all of their products while taking in a breathtaking view of the valley and the world famous terraced paddy fields.
On our way toward exit, there were the gift shop that allowed visitors to purchase, coffee, chocolate, tea and many more. You can see there who the shopaholic was.
This was a short visit, about an hour but super worth it. As usual, pictures credit are going to hubby.