Kopi Luwak @ Yoga Coffee Maker & Plantation, Bali


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What do you get when you have luwak (civet cat)…
coffee bean…

and luwak’s poop?
coffee sampling at Yoga Plantation

Kopi Luwak! Forget about Jamaican Blue Mountain, Kona, Tanzanian Peaberry, etc. It was Kopi Luwak who conquers the hearts of many coffee lovers.
Kopi Luwak comes from the islands of Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi. On these Indonesian islands, there’s a tree-dwelling animal that climb among the coffee trees eating only the ripest, reddest coffee cherries. The local natives gather up the limited amount of the Luwak processed parchment coffee, remove the parchment shell, and ultimately ship it to the coffee broker.

The enzymes in the animals’ stomachs, though, appear to add something unique to the coffee’s flavor through fermentation attribute to the unusual flavors to the natural fermentation the coffee beans undergo in luwak’s digestive system. The stomach acids and enzymes are very different from fermenting beans in water.
We got to try the most expensive coffee in the world during our recent trip to Bali. The price? IDR 30,000 (RM11) for a small shot.
Chris savouring Kopi Luwak

Seriously, with that price, we were not sure whether we are getting the real deal. Wikipedia stated that it is selling for between US $100 and $600 per pound. And almost half of the Luwak beans are fake, as we heard.
Amateur coffee drinkers like us can’t even tell the difference! It was complex with bitter and caramel taste and it smelled musty. Honestly, though, this coffee doesn’t really live up to the hype (if we really drank the genuine kopi luwak lar; but we’ll never find out). Its not bad, but its just not good enough to warrant such a premium price.

If you are still interested to take a sip, do drop by Yoga Plantation at Mengwi, Bali. RM11 is small price to pay for the experience after all.

Additional readings:

1. http://www.bpe.com/beverages/coffee/kopi_luwak.htm
2. http://www.thecoffeecritic.com/fusion3/html/kopi.shtml

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  1. Simon Seow says:

    I didn’t try this while I was there. Limited budget I got lol.
    .-= Simon Seow´s last blog ..Behind the Scene of MAS Saya Nak Cuti (Bali) =-.


  2. J2Kfm says:

    So cheap?! We stayed away from this after being told a small cup like that will set us back at about RM30 or so.
    .-= J2Kfm´s last blog ..Teluk Intan in A Whirlwind – Of Street Food, Leaning Tower & BIG Cinemas =-.


  3. wyyv says:

    I havent try Kopi Luwak before n this is the first time hearing bout it although im a coffee lover :)
    .-= wyyv´s last blog ..Italiannise @ The Gardens =-.


  4. mimid3vils says:

    I can’t drink coffee so I won’t try this lor I think, haha, feel a bit disgusting actually :P
    .-= mimid3vils´s last blog ..Pho Hoa =-.


  5. JD says:

    Didn’t dare to try while I was there. Didn’t even know that there’s ‘ciplak’ Coffee Luwak as well. So instead just get ginger drink only.
    .-= JD´s last blog ..JD Cooks ~ Beer Batter Fish n Chips =-.


  6. KY says:

    goddamn i’m gonna go make a cup of coffee now!
    .-= KY´s last blog ..Peng Yuan Hokkien Mee and Fried Chicken off Jalan 222 =-.


  7. Alice says:
  8. Hmm, me wonders if poopy coffee is the way to go, genuine or not. :P
    .-= Life for Beginners´s last blog ..Leonardo DiCaprio & the Gangs of Ginza =-.


  9. ciki says:

    that’s what u call paying too damn much for shitty coffee :P
    .-= ciki´s last blog ..Why do People Travel? 5 moods, 5 journeys. =-.


  10. ann says:

    we visited this plantation had a great visit lovely people and very interesting.bought some tea and coffee and some vanilla beans .werent sure if beans would get through customs but no problems.Would recommend a visit to this lovely families plantation for sure.


  11. John Kelly says:

    I am from Australia (Perth) and last time in Bali I visited YOGA Coffee maker and Plantation. There I tasted and bought some various types of tea and coffee. I have never tasted such wonder assortment of brews.. I would like to know if anyone would know how I can contact the YOGA plantation and arrange to buy more on a regular basis..

    thanking you .



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