Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Bali's Kopi Luwak (Civet Coffee)

Since I have been totally abstaining from coffee (despite already knowing that I can consume around 150mg of caffeine everyday) while pregnant, here is posting one of the backlogs from our Bali Trip last year.

After visiting the Pura Tirtha Empul in Tampaksiring, we visited OKA Agriculture and got to try out Kopi Luwak or Civet Coffee, and "Kape Alamid" in the Philippines. As you may already be familiar with this, Kopi Luwak is made through the process of having Civet cats consume and excrete coffee berries to coffee beans, which are then roasted similar to regular coffee beans' process.

We were led through a leafy path guided by fences.

Roasted Civet-Exreted Beans

Then were served a sampler of the five types of beverages they offer: Coffee Ginseng, Ginger Tea, Bali Coffee, Lemon Grass Tea and Pure Bali Cocoa.

They are prepared using powdered goods, which can be bought on a per cup basis, or per jar. 

Even the Kopi Luwak was from powdered form, not brewed. 

Since we were there already, we felt the need to order a cup of Kopi Luwak (it wasn't included in the samplers) to share for Rp. 50,000/cup or around Php 210. Quite expensive.

The coffee has less body than those that we were used to. I didn't like the fact that the you get to sip solid grains of the beans while drinking it. Regardless, it's great to say that we've actually tried it.

On the table was this tobacco set-up, available for everyone to get from for free.

Our server was gallant enough to roll one for us to try.

I didn't quite get the taste from just one puff that I made.

On the way out, we noticed the fruit stand that sells unique fruits such as the Snakeskin "Salak" (native to Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei), and Tamarillo. I love exotic fruits the most!

"Salak" or Snakeskin Fruit

I bought a couple of them, and the seller gave me two pieces more for free. The pricing is on a per kilo, regardless of type.

The Snakeskin fruit was the most interesting of all. The taste was tart and slightly dry, slightly juicy. It leaves a dry feeling to the throat and mouth, requiring a chug of water after having a piece of it.

On the way out, visitors can pass by the store to purchase the jarred powdered beverages to bring a piece of Bali home to their loved ones.

OKA Agriculture
Tampaksiring, Bali Indonesia


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