It started to rain when we were at Mount Batur. Despite having spent (or rather wasted) one hour taking shelter in a souvenir super-mart (warehouse), the unrelenting rain showed no signs of stopping. We had to make a decision – to continue with our itinerary in the rain, or to go back to our hotel and call it a day. Reluctantly, we chose the former.
Our guide brought us to a local coffee plantation, Satria Agrowisata, which is more like a setup to provide education and coffee/tea tasting than a plantation. Don’t expect to walk between rows of coffee trees. Instead, there will be many different types of plants, spices, fruits, etc planted along the pathway with proper identification for you to improve on your general knowledge.
It was rather unfortunate that the weather wasn’t permitting and we didn’t explore the plantation as much as we would like to. Nevertheless, we had a good time at the plantation, sipping our hot coffee / tea while enjoying the greenery (in the cold).
We spent quite some time in this hut (see photo above) where the process of the coffee making was displayed, including a demo and hands-on if you like.
Just slightly beyond the hut is the main store where we got to taste the different types of tea and coffee (Ginseng coffee, Bali cocoa, Ginger tea, Rosella tea, Lemon tea, Lemon grass tea, Rice tea, Vanilla coffee and many more). And yes, you will get to taste all of them. Of course there is no free lunch (or tea/coffee in this case). The samplers are generally very nice and you can buy them from the store. Although the prices are generally quite expensive, I am not sure if you could get them elsewhere or in the super-mart. We bought quite a few packs back and the taste is quite authentic.
Luwak coffee (or Civet coffee) as you know, is the most expensive coffee in the world. There are tons of information out there in the Internet if you are keen to find out more about this “amazing” coffee. Although coffee is part of my daily diet, I am not a fan of Luwak coffee, simply because of the way the coffee is being prepared or processed. 🙂
According to the plantation guide, their Luwak coffee is produced by wild Civet cats and not those in captivity. These wild cats have free access to the coffee berries in their plantation to pick the best berries. These coffee berries will eventually passed out of their bodies pretty much intact. Every fortnight or so, the farmers will then go into the forest in search for their feces and will bring them back for processing. Does it sound yucky? Yes, it sure does…
While all the other samplers were free of charge, Luwak coffee was not. We paid about USD$5 for one small cup of Luwak coffee just to try. Surprisingly, none of us liked it. Contrary to what most people said, I find the Luwak coffee is more bitter and it’s also a little sourish. Is it worth the price? Let’s put it this way, I will take the Singaporean Coffee-O any time.
Useful Information – Luwak Civet Coffee Farm :
- Coffee and Tea samplers are free of charge, except for Luwak coffee (USD$5 a cup)
Estimated traveling time by car:
- Mount Batur → Luwak Civet Coffee Farm: 20 minutes