On our way to visit the rice paddy terraces in Tegalalang, we stopped by Bali Pulina to try the most expensive coffee in the world – Kopi Luwak.
Kopi Luwak is made from the beans of coffee berries that have been eaten by civets and it passes through their digestive system whole. The result is an aromatic and less bitter coffee, with overtones of caramel and a slight fruitness in flavour. Kopi Luwak is unique to Indonesia, so of course we wanted to try it!
So what did it taste like? My first impression was it tasted quite different to the usual coffee taste I was used to (Campos fan here!). It wasn’t what I expected and I wasn’t sure I liked it. However after the second sip, I noticed it was lighter, slightly sweet and also fruity. No bitterness at all, and I didn’t use any milk. I did add a bit of sugar however. Overall I really enjoyed it and brought home a little pack. A 100 gram pack of beans cost around $38AUD.
While we were there, we tried 10 different types of coffees and teas, our favourites being their lemon tea, hot cocoa (made from cocoa grown, harvested, and processed on site), and ginseng coffee.
We had the forethought to bring a take away lunch of nasi campur from Cafe Wayan (yum!), and ate while we enjoyed our coffees. The view was divine, with lush green rice paddies and palm trees strewn all over the surrounding hills.
It was a lovely afternoon and we finally got to try some poo coffee. Not many people can say that can they?