Kopi Luwak│Cat Poop Coffee. While in Bali, on our way to an epic biking adventure, we found ourselves at a Coffee Plantation. The day before, one of the guests at our villa had told us that they had drank what was known as “Poop coffee”. I can’t say that we were over-intrigued, but surprisingly enough, when we got to the coffee plantation, we decided to give it a shot anyway. We discussed that experience in a previous post: We Drank Poop Coffee. Today we want to show you around the Coffee Plantation and share a little more information on this interesting form of 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. It has been 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 also called cat poop coffee. The feces of this cat will be collected, finished and sold as kopi luwak. Digestive mechanisms apparently improve the flavor profile of the coffee beans that have been eaten. The civet eats the cherries for the fleshy pulp, then in the digestive tract, fermentation occurs. The civet’s protease enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids.
Our tour guide at the coffee plantation, was very informative and friendly. She led us through the shaded garden paths, telling us all sorts of interesting facts. We saw many plants and flowers, picked and ate fresh fruit, and saw a couple of Luwaks. We were then taken through the entire production of the Luwak coffee beans. At the end, we were seated at a large wooden table, overlooking a lush green valley. There we tasted 14 different coffees and teas, and finally eaten off with a cup of the infamous Luwak Coffee.
We were shown various coffee beans and then taken to a small open hut where local Indonesian women were roasting and grinding the beans. The smell here is AMAZING!
On the sheet in the image above, you can see the names of the 14 teas and coffees that we tried. My favorites were the lemongrass tea, the vanilla coffee and the coconut coffee. While I tasted, Justin walked around with Eli, and then vice versa.
This was a really wonderful start to our day of explorations. We highly recommend a stop like this if you are visiting Bali. The staff at the Coffee Plantation were amazingly helpful and friendly. The teas and coffee were tasty, and the views of the surroundings were breathtaking. The caffeine boost was definitely appreciated during our biking adventure that followed.