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Bali Pulina Agro Tourism
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Owner description: Kopi luwak or civet coffee is a coffee made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet and other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract. Luwak which age's 4 month is tempted by some red coffee beans at the BALI PULINA Coffee plantation in Tegallalang, Bali, Indonesia. The Luwak is an Asian palm civet, which looks like a cross between a cat and a ferret.
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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“Cat poo coffee, what a unique experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

Our driver stopped here on our way back to Ubud from our Sunrise trek on Mt Batur. I knew we were stopping at a coffee production place of some kind, but was surprised when the very lovely informative guide started teaching us the process of Luwak coffee production. Very interesting experience. Yes we paid 50,000 for a cup of Luwak coffee, and also enjoyed the free samples with free corn chips. Ginseng and Vanilla were our favs. Also had lots of spice plants, cocoa plants etc. Seeing lots of the ingredients we use, but in their plant form was interesting. Lovely seating area to have your coffee overlooking rice fields. Dont miss it!

Visited July 2013
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“A Dare To A Drink”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

Dared ourselves and went there after Tegallalang. It was only about a kilometer away and the traffic wasn't as bad.

As soon as we arrived, there was already a young male guide for us. First of all, we saw the civet cage. There was one sleeping inside the log, so it wasn't very fun for us unfortunately. We took a picture of it while the guide explained to us the very reason why they were making coffee out of the cat poop.

It was only because that the cats knew how to select all the good arabica beans from the bad ones. As simple as that. So instead of selecting the beans themselves, I guess they 'employ' the cats instead. So the cats get all the free beans while they save on human labor. It's a win-win situation. *twinkles* He said that there were 7 (or 8) civets altogether producing the coffee.

We then saw a buffalo in a pen and a sample garden for the arabica, vanilla, cocoa and several other plants. We also saw the drying up process where they left trays of the coffee and cocoa beans in the sun, along with the rest. Over here, the guide showed us how the bean cotyledons extracted from the 'luwak' poop would then be peeled. So essentially the beans were separated from the actual poop by the seed coats. Good grief..

Then we were brought over to a traditional hut with a fire where the roasting went on. Also at this hut, they showed us all the other dried products. My mom was fascinated by the dried vanilla and luckily I already knew how it looked like. So moving on, we were shown how the beans were roasted in a pan by an elderly lady and we also saw how the beans were pounded. The guide insisted that the 'kopi luwak' was all made by hand. Tried my hand at the pounding there and took a picture.

Next, we were asked whether to try the special coffee and yes we did. We drank it at a sort of bar overlooking a paddy terrace where we were also given samples of a variety of coffee and tea. There was Bali coffee, cocoa coffee, vanilla coffee, ginseng tea, ginger tea and I think there were nine in all. Don't forget to add sugar on your own before you quit them. The view was serene and peacefully calm.

Next, we went to the store. We bought a packet of vanilla coffee instead of the assorted gift packs of three types. Kopi luwak was just too expensive for us. When we were about to leave we heard a commotion about one of the visitors not paying for the tasting while the staff tried chasing her. What a shame.

There are several other agro-tourism spots in Bali but I think this is the main one. I also think that Bali should've done this a long time ago instead of only a couple of years back. It's good, refreshing and the experience is great. Don't you dare miss it!

Visited July 2013
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“Wonderful look at Agro Tourism”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

Being from Washington, home of Starbucks, our driver said we would enjoy learning about the process of making the most expensive Luwak coffee and sampling it. As they walked us thru the process of the Kopi Luwak animal eating the red coffee beans, fermenting in their stomach, excreting the beans whole, and cleaning and drying them for roasting I thought "no way am I drinking this!" Until we reached the roasting stage where they cook it over fire and then hand grind it fine. It smelled heavenly and it didn't disappoint. They also gave us samples of their many teas and other coffees, which were fabulous. Their plantation also produces spices. It was a great opportunity to purchase gifts of coffee, tea and spices for friends back home I stead of other trinkets, AND support the local Ago Tourism. It is also all staged along pathways and a delightful open cafe where you can look over the undeveloped jungle below.

Visited June 2013
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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“Great Cat-poo-cino!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

Forgive the title but this is how our guide and friend Dewa referred to this expensive cup of coffee, and as I'm a coffee lover, I was keen to have a taste even if the process of how they get these beans is a bit off putting. The hostesses were very friendly and spoke excellent english and explain the process of how the civet process the coffee to its final being. At the end of this, we were shown to a nice under cover area which over looks the Tengalalang rice terraces (which is an amazing sight) and we got to also try their other coffees and teas. The Ginger and Lemon tea also made it home with us as well..

Visited July 2013
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“Nice trip to have "free coffee"”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

My driver took us to this place promising they serve "free coffee", of course, we realised there should be a catch. However, the place was a neat surprise.

A tiny place with excellent hostesses who speak very good english. The kids loved the place as it has a bevy of animals with views to die for. Literally, it opens on to a canyon showing you how this area would have looked before human intervention turned those forests into rice fields.

They served nine beverages with the kopi luwak available for sample at 50K per pop, however, as we were not so fond of strong coffee in the first place, ended up sampling the wide range if free beverages provided. We purchased a packet of lemon tea at 110K Rupiah, which I thought was a bit steep but was worth the experience. This form of agro tourism is definitely welcome and likeable.

Say hello to Pradnya, a very smart and attentive hostess

Visited July 2013
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