Bali bike ride through the bamboo forest

A visit to Luwak coffee plantations in Bali

Roasting the most expensive coffee in the world, from cat poop

We also stop at a coffee plantations, where you able to sample local blends. These included the prized Kopi Luwak, or beans that have been eaten by the civet cat, not-really-digested, then pooped out, collected up, cleaned, roasted and ground for our drinking pleasure.

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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.

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A civet eats the berries for their fleshy pulp. In its stomach, proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet's intestines the beans are then defecated, keeping their shape. After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness, widely noted as the most expensive coffee in the world.

Have you tried this coffee before? Is it worth paying top dollar for it?

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A four month old Luwak 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.

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If you prefer to visit coffee plantation on normal tour (by car) and combine the activity with another sightseeing tour, see our Coffee Plantation day trip or Coffee plantation Waterfall day tour

You can also combine the trip with white water rafting adventure!

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