Walk between clove and cinnamon trees, cocoa and papaya trees, pineapple plants, ginger leaves striking your leg, coffee plants and wait- what animal is this? A civet cat. Me:”? ” They make Kopi Luwak.” Me:”??”

Have I got you sit up for more ? 😉

The Bali Pulinah is a “Spice and Coffee Farm“, where you can walk between, touch, feel, smell and at times also taste from the plants and learn about the food esp. coffee processing and what civet cats do.

Bali spice and coffee garden

Bali spice and coffee garden: Introduction to our guide (left)

Btw, the guy in the Indian dress is my husband, who loves this attire for tropical climates

This farm is 5 minutes (by car) north from Tegallalang, which is famous for its picturesque rice terraces. Upon arrival, my husband and I were introduced to an English speaking guide, who took us around the farm, showed and explained to us the plants grown there, their uses, the food processions steps, coffee roasting and chocolate making steps and lots more. The civet cats, which are famous for the Kopi Luwak, are also kept at this farm. More about them in another post.

A few words to our guide, a local Balinese: she was polite, professional, patient and not pressurising us for anything.  And yes, a daughter of the soil: a proud Balinese, who never had left Bali and wasn’t interested to do it either!

Here are some examples of the plants we came across at this farm:

Bali spice and coffee garden

Bali spice and coffee garden: our first impressions

Bali spice and coffee garden

Bali spice and coffee garden: Cocoa plant

Bali spice and coffee garden

Bali spice and coffee garden: Pineapple plant

 I was intrigued by the way the pineapple grows

Bali spice and coffee garden

Bali spice and coffee garden: Turmeric (Curcuma) Plant

Ginger plant

Ginger plant

Never thought these two inconspicuous plants deliver such fragrant and rich roots

Ginger and Turmeric

The orange one is the Curcuma root and the other one – whitish flesh- the ginger root

Passion fruit

Passion fruit

Bali spice and coffee garden

Cheeko Plants (Indian Name) or Sapodilla

This is the so called Cheeko fruit (Indian name) or Sapodilla. It has a brownish flesh, exceptionally sweet, with malty flavor.

Bali spice and coffee garden

Bali spice and coffee garden: Coconut harvest

Coffee plant

Arabica Coffee plant

Coffee beans, roasted to different grades

Coffee beans, roasted to different grades

Coffee beans and spices

Coffee beans and spices being dried

Bali spice and coffee garden

Ginger Torch

Bali spice and coffee garden

Bali spice and coffee garden

Bali spice and coffee garden: Clove tree

and to round off the “Garam Masala” bunch, above is the clove tree and below is the cinnamon tree

Bali spice and coffee garden

Bali spice and coffee garden: Cinnamon tree

Bali spice and coffee garden

Bali spice and coffee garden

I am sure you guessed what is being dried here?

Bali spice and coffee garden

Bali spice and coffee garden

No? It is growing in this pot: yes, rice plants!

Walking through this garden was very informatory. We saw, touched, smelled, rubbed the leaves between our hands and at times chewed at the leaves or fruits of the plants, we mainly only knew by their fruits or roots as in ginger and Curcuma. Besides a very clean air and light, there was a mixture of fragrances everywhere. We rounded up the visit with a coffee and tea flavours tasting, which I will write about in the next post as well. As everywhere, you are taken to the farm’s shop, which was of course overpriced, but we were not pushed into buying anything. Instead, we donated a reasonable amount to the farm.

As promised, this is not all: In the next post about Bali, I will tell you more about Luwak Kopi(Coffee) – the world’s most expensive coffee. For the time being, let me tell you this much, that it is predigested and that this has a link to the civet cat! No kidding 🙂

We highly recommend at least once a visit to this garden or any other spice and coffee garden. Ask your driver, they know the places

 
 

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