Saturday, November 13, 2010

Bali Adventure #5 - Kayuamba Village & "Luwak Coffee"

Let us continue on my journey in Bali...
On our second day in Bali, we visited several 'touristy' places: 
Kayuamba Village (I believe this was what the place was called), 
Kintamani - view of Vulcanic mt. and Lake Batur, 
Pura Kehen: The Temple of Fire
and lastly a sunset at Uluwatu.

These set of photos showcase the Kayuamba Village which is essentially where you can buy traditional Bali "Luwak" Coffee, see fruit trees and a spice garden. We did not need to pay to enter the Kayuamba Village and it was quite enjoyable to walk under the shady trees with our tour guide pointing out the different fruit trees, spice plants and etc. 

After the tour, we arrive at a clearing where we could see how they processed/roasted the coffee beans. I had a hand in the roasting but was not really good at it. We were also invited to have a seat facing hills of green while savoring some drinks that could be bought at their shops - nothing like sampling to encourage a buying spree which was what happened. I bought a couple of sticks of local cinnamon (I planed to make some delectable desert using these very same cinnamon sticks but for the moment, these sticks are hibernating in my drawer wrapped in brown paper), a packet of "luwak" coffee and a packet of yummy cocoa powder (I had grand plans for this bag of cocoa too). 

It was soothing to sit under a shady tree and 
enjoying the cool breeze and the free drinks. 
My favourite was the cocoa and I think it was ginger tea. 
Anyways, after our drinks and shopping at their little store, 
we continued on our journey to 
Pura Kehen: The Temple of Fire - more updates and pics on Bali soon soon soon.

Btw, if you are wondering what is "Luwak" Coffee, 
read on and do enjoy the pics (more to come):

Kopi luwak (Malay pronunciation: [ˈkopi ˈlu.aʔ]), or civet coffee, is coffee made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by theAsian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) and other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract.[1] A civet eats the berries for their fleshy pulp. In its stomach, proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet's intestines the beans are then defecated, keeping their shape. After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness, widely noted as the most expensive coffee in the world.
Kopi luwak is produced mainly on the islands of SumatraJavaBali and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago, and also in the Philippines(where the product is called motit coffee in the Cordillera and kape alamid in Tagalog areas) and also in East Timor (where it is called kafé-laku). Weasel coffee is a loose English translation of its name cà phê Chồn in Vietnam, where popular, chemically simulated versions are also produced.
{taken from Wikipedia}

A little slug
A pineapple
A bug just chilling out
The roasting of the coffee beans
Some of the fruits that were on sale
The coffee beans before the civet cat gets them anyways
The complimentary drinks that were served. 
The famous "Luwak" Coffee

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