As I promised – here is the second part to the blog about our adventures in Ubud and the surrounding areas.
So after the rice terraces in Jatiluwih, we headed to the coffee plantation for a little tour and tasting. We did not choose a particular one, we kind of trusted our driver – but if you have something in mind, plan it ahead. There are a lot of coffee tasting houses/plantations/cooking classes in Bali that you can choose from – and it is a really great way to learn about the culture more.
Fresh cinnamon in my hand! Smells divine… We got to see and learn not only about the Bali coffee, Kopi Luwak, but also about the herbs and spices. And I really enjoyed this part!
A big nesting-box for big-ass spiders. Just kidding 😛 Or am I...?
And then – the famous Kopi Luwak! I’ll give you some information from Wikipedia:
”Kopi luwak , or civet coffee, refers to the coffee that includes part-digested coffee cherries eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet.
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 cherries. Digestive mechanisms may improve the flavor profile of the coffee beans that have been eaten. The civet eats the cherries for the fleshy pulp, then in the digestive tract, fermentation occurs. The civet’s protease enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet’s intestines the cherries are then defecated with other fecal matter and collected.”
So, if your question is if we have tried the coffee – yes, we did. But I would not anymore – mostly because I did my research, and read not so fun facts. And since I do not want this to be a sad blog, I will just leave a link for you, if you want to be educated more 😉
(Read some more here.)
On the other hand – we have tried a variety of different coffees and teas. The smell and the taste of peanut coffee, or coconut coffee is just YUM! And the tour is free (except for the Luwak coffee cup – but you decide if you want it or not), so it is only nice if you purchase at least a little something from them.
After the tour we had a very needed lunch (because it was just about time) and we were deciding what to do. We had only a couple of hours left as the sun sets quite early there – around 6:20 PM to be precise, so we decided to skip the waterfall and go for our last destination – Tegalalang Rice Terraces.
In around 10 minutes we were happy with our decision, because it started raining cats and dogs! The streets were flooded with water and it seemed as if everything is floating around. Good thing we were in a car! Not so good if you are on a motorbike – but I guess locals are used to this.
Just before we arrived to our last spot, the rain has stopped and it was almost time for the sunset. We did not have to see it, as it was overcast, but the rice terraces were beautiful. We flew our drone, scared some people 😀 (not intentionally – the woman did not see the drone landing, and when she did, she jumped back a bit. Sorry about that!), and enjoyed the rest of the evening.
The only thing that I regret – that we did not have enough time to explore every place in depth. It is so beautiful and calm there, that you want to take it in with every part of your body.
This picture sums it up pretty well 😉
Talk to you next time – good night, sleep tight and dream about Bali!