Luwak Coffee Plantation
The origin of civet coffee is motivated by the history of coffee cultivation in Indonesia. At the beginning of the 18th century, the Dutch opened commercial plantations in their colonies in the Dutch East Indies, especially on the islands of Java and Sumatra. One of them is an Arabica coffee plantation with seeds imported from Yemen. During the era of “Forced Cultivation” or Cultuurstelsel (1830-1870), the Dutch forbade native plantation workers from picking coffee fruit for personal consumption, but local people wanted to try the famous coffee drink. Then the plantation worker finally discovered that there was a kind of ferret that liked to eat coffee, but only the flesh was digested, the epidermis and the coffee beans were intact and undigested. The coffee beans in the civet droppings are then picked up, washed, roasted, ground, then brewed with hot water to create civet coffee. The news about the enjoyment of this aromatic coffee finally reached the Dutch owners of the plantations, so this coffee became a favorite of the Dutch rich. Due to its rarity and the unusual manufacturing process, luwak coffee has been an expensive coffee since colonial times
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Bali is well-known for its stunning tourist attractions, but it is also well-known for its agrotourism. Agrotourism refers to a business that is involved in the plantation sector, and in this case, it is typically referred to as a location for producing chocolate, varied coffee, and famous civet coffee, also known as Luwak Coffee. Previously, there was only one location that produced and sold civet coffee; however, this agrotourism business has expanded, and there are now other locations that sell and manufacture civet coffee, the most of which are placed beside the tourism route. Bali Coffee Luwak has a very smooth flavor with no bitterness and a subtle refreshing fruit acid.
Behind the mythology of Coffee Luwak comes a distinct history. The Dutch built coffee plantations on the volcanic islands of the Dutch East Indies in the early 18th century. This Arabica Coffee Luwak comes from the mythical island of Bali. Initially, Dutch Coffee Plantation owners prohibited local indigenous from gathering and boiling coffee beans for personal consumption. Being resourceful, the indigenous people quickly found that the asian palm civet preferred eating coffee beans. These Luwak beans were harvested, cleaned, sun dried, and roasted to create a coffee with a deep richness but no acidity. The action of passing the bean through the civet’s digestive tract chemically modifies the proteins in the Coffee Luwak bean, yielding more complex and smooth flavors, not present in typical coffees. Since then, civet coffee has not been as thriving as it is now, with the beginning of the civet coffee boom occurring around 2011-2012, when there was only one location, and since then, many guests have been there, and through word of mouth and social media, this coffee plantation has become very famous, and entrepreneurs seize this opportunity and start many coffee plantations along the strategic route passed by tourists.
The resulting Bali Coffee Luwak is said to be like no other in the world (literally). It has a rich, heavy flavor with hints of caramel and/or chocolate. Other terms used to describe it are earthy, musty and exotic. The body can be syrupy and it’s the smoothest coffee you will ever have.The taste of civet coffee is very complete and will certainly nourish your body, on the island of Bali there are many places already available for civet coffee, and there are also many local companies that produce civet coffee with very good quality. So if you are on a tour and in the lapse of time you can stop for a moment at local coffee shops in tourism areas to try and taste this civet coffee. Luwak coffee taste is indeed very difficult to express, for those of you who are not coffee lovers, you may feel a slight difference, namely the taste is very smooth and not biting, but for coffee lovers, they can feel more, where many flavors are mixed into one and also the taste is very smooth and not like the usual coffee. For coffee lovers, this difference in taste is very pronounced. If you really like coffee, it would be nice if you try this luwak coffee and feel the difference with regular coffee
Along with the development of agro-tourism on the island of Bali, many entrepreneurs have opened this civet or luwak coffee business, most of which are located on the tourist route that is often visited. Because the process of making coffee is rather complicated and produces not much coffee in one production, the price of civet coffee is quite expensive compared to ordinary coffee. Bali Civet Coffee goes through a longer process flow before it reaches your cup. Because the process is different, the taste and content in this civet coffee will certainly not be the same as regular coffee. At first glance, there is nothing different about this drink, the color produced is the same as usual coffee, brownish black. However, when it comes to aroma and taste, it’s certainly not the same.
If you are on vacation on the island of Bali and you are a coffee fans, it would be nice if you try a cup of this Bali Coffee Luwak. And also many Bali Coffee Luwak cafes provide places with great views to enjoy a cup of coffee. For the price of a pack of Coffee Luwak, it may be very expensive, but you can only try one cup of coffee luwak that has been brewed at a relatively affordable price. We from Bali Tours are ready to take you by providing private transportation with an experienced driver to the famous civet coffee place, while watching the process of making Bali Coffee Luwak directly and enjoying a cup of civet coffee with amazing natural views. Enjoying Bali Coffee Luwak on the island of Bali is a very memorable sensation in filling your vacation days.