Coffee And Tea Tasting Experience in Bali
As a traveller, I’m more like an explorer. I love experiencing all aspects of a destination I visit. From the luxury cruises and royal hotels to the local villages and historical ruins, from the relaxing beaches and eating at the most popular places to the lush green forests and tasting authentic street food – everything equally attracts me. There is no vibe I want to miss when I visit a place. This exploring nature brought me to one of the most beautiful experiences I had in Bali. When we got to know there are coffee plantations in the Ubud village, I could not stop myself from visiting the place. I’ve heard mixed reviews about the Ubud village, but I found it quite charming. It must be because of my special love for the lush green places. Fresh air, eye soothing greenery, village life and a peaceful vibe – all these were the charming traits of the lovely Ubud village.
We generally visit a new place without much expectations. So, most of the times, these places are way beyond our expectations and we return with happy memories. Similarly, we didn’t expect much from the Coffee Plantations except for some coffee plants and green spaces. But this little green paradise charmed us with its variety of plants and an experience of a lifetime. We treaded the path surrounded by greenery, huge trees and a variety of plants.
These plants included cocoa, ylang-ylang, vanilla, lime, pineapple, ginseng, coriander, turmeric, cloves, ginger and many more. Our host was a lovely lady who explained how these plants are planted and harvested. All the herbs and spices they use in their coffee and tea is grown in their own backyard.
One of the major attractions of the Coffee Plantations is Luwak – the hyperactive nocturnal civet cat who is the producer of world’s most expensive coffee ‘Kopi Luwak’. Our host explained the process of making Kopi Luwak. Luwak snacks on the best coffee berries, but it is unable to digest the seed, which is the coffee bean and excretes it in its poop. This poop is then collected and the beans are washed, cleaned, roasted and then ground into a fine coffee powder.
What makes Kopi Luwak the most expensive coffee is the selection of the best coffee beans by the civet cat and their natural fermentation in Luwak’s digestive system. This softens the bitterness of the coffee and endows it with a musky flavour. Although we found this entire process quite amusing, it was disheartening to see the caged Luwak. Our host told us that there are only a few Luwaks that are caged to educate people. The rest of them roam around freely in the wild. Well, that was just an explanation that still didn’t suffice to cage an animal.
Back to the good things, we enjoyed learning about their harvested and dried spices that were ready to be ground. I tried my hands on roasting and grinding some coffee beans in a traditional way.
After a lot of learning stuff, we were seated for some aromatic experience – the coffee and tea tasting. Now, this was way above our expectations. A tray was presented before us that contained cups filled with a variety of tea and coffee. The tea selection included lemon, rosella, ginger, lemongrass, coconut, ginseng, mangosteen and turmeric. The variety of coffee included Bali Mocca, ginseng, Bali Coffee, coconut, ginger and vanilla. Apart from these there was also a cup of spiced chocolate – it was quite a unique and yummy combination.
We were surprised to see so many varieties of tea and coffee. Our host explained the health benefits of these different beverages. Moreover everything was organically harvested from their own plantations. I liked mangosteen and lemon tea, but I absolutely loved coconut coffee. It was so delicious that it left me craving for more. There is no charge for this entire experience. The coffee and tea tasting is complementary unless you want to try the Kopi Luwak. It costs you approximately $3.5 for a cup – world’s most expensive coffee as mentioned.
After we tasted the aromatic treat of tea and coffee, there were some more complimentary treats presented to gratify our taste buds. A plate of chocolates that contained three varieties of authentic homemade chocolates – Milk, Vanilla and Orange. All of them were mouth-melting and equally delicious. There was a freshness in everything we tried at the coffee plantations. Even the chocolates tasted and smelled so fresh.
Before leaving the premises, we were invited to visit their gift shop where you can purchase whatever you liked the most. The items included the variety of coffee, tea and chocolates we just tasted. Apart from that, there was a nice selection of essential oils, organic soaps, body lotions etc. There was no compulsion to buy anything and no one tried to force sell us anything. They just politely explained the products and cleared any doubts we had. I bought a few packets of coconut coffee and some bars of orange chocolate. We thanked and bid goodbye to our host and returned happily with an experience of a lifetime. Spices, Coffee, Chocolate, Nature and Freshness – I wouldn’t have asked for more from this trip.
Tips For People Visiting coffee plantations in Ubud:
- While I highly recommend visiting the coffee plantations for that fresh and unique experience, I leave the decision to taste Kopi Luwak to you.
- Make sure you carry cash if you plan on buying something from their gift shop. Not all cards are accepted here- American Express is one of them.
- The gift shop, although worth visiting, is quite expensive. So, please keep an eye on the price tags as well.
- There are a number of Coffee Plantations in Ubud and all of them offer that unique experience you must be looking for.