This week’s travel theme is relaxing.
What is relaxing to you? How do you relax?

Relaxing to me can be anything I feel up to, but nothing goes without a good cup of coffee!

Ahh, that scent of fresh ground coffee at the airport in Zurich, when we return from abroad! Just heavenly!

This reminds me of the cup of Kopi Luwak we had in Bali, while enjoying the view over lush green rice terraces close to Tegallalang. Before I proceed, below is a short information on Kopi Luwak:


What is Kopi Luwak?

Reference: Wikipedia

Coffee plant

Coffee plant

Kopi Luwak refers to the coffee made with beans of coffee berries, which were eaten and passed by the Asian Civet cat.

Producers of the coffee beans argue that the process may improve coffee through two mechanisms: selection and digestion. Selection occurs if the civets choose to eat coffee berries containing better beans. Digestive mechanisms may improve the flavor profile of the coffee beans that have been eaten. The civet eats the berries for the beans’ fleshy pulp, then in the digestive tract, fermentation occurs. Passing through a civet’s intestines the beans are then passed out intact, however the surface looks indented and irregular.

Note the irregular surface of the “predigested” coffee beans


Coffee and Tea tasting

After an interesting tour through the Spice and Coffee Garden, about which I have written earlier, you are taken for a coffee and tea tasting along with Kopi Luwak at the cafe of the garden. While the other drinks and a snack of sweet potato chips are free of charge, the price of one cup of Kopi Luwak is approx. 5-6 Euro. This makes it one of the most expensive coffees worldwide! Made curious, we wanted to know how it tastes and ordered a cup of this luxury each!

Coffee and tea tasting, with Kopi Luwak

Coffee and tea tasting, with Kopi Luwak


How does Kopi Luwak taste?

The Kopi Luwak to me was aromatic, sweet, and a bit spicy, yet it was comfortable to the stomach. It is said, that the fermentation and “predigestion” in the civet cat’s intestine makes it less acidic.

No, we have not converted to Kopi Luwak drinkers!

What other drinks were offered?

Lemon tea, Ginger tea, Ginger coffee, Ginseng coffee, Chocolate coffee, pure chocolate, Vanilla coffee and Bali coffee; latter reminding me a bit of the Arabic Mocca.

My favorites were the Ginger coffee and Vanilla Coffee.


Have you been there? Have you tasted Kopi Luwak? Did you like it?
Have you visited the close by Rice terraces at Tegallalang? They are worth a visit, even though if you really want to visit Bali Rice terraces beyond the tourist attractions, you should go to Jatih Luwih. The Balinese agricultural and irrigation system has been declared a UNESCO heritage.

tegallalang rice fields

Tegallalang rice fields


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