Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bali: Kintamani and Kopi Luwak

After departing from Gunung Kawi at Tampaksiring, we went up to Kintamani to see Mount Batur, an active volcano. Have to pay a small entrance fee while going up. We didn't go to Puncak Sari, a restaurant recommended by bloggers as the price is the cheapest among all the restaurant. We went to the one beside instead, and I have forgotten the name of the restaurant. =.=" But never mind, the food was nothing spectacular though and it was quite pricey, around RM45 per person.

We reach the restaurant at 12pm and we were the first customer. I tried to bargain about the price but she said it is already discounted as we are the first customer.

I was quite disappointed as it was really foggy that day.

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No, that is not Mount Batur. It is still behind the fog.
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After waited for 1 hour, we managed to see the bottom of Mount Batur. Hoping that the fog will disappear but it didn't.
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We waited until 2pm and we gave up finally. It seems that luck was really not on my side during this trip: didn't get to see sunsetting at the sea border and didn't get to see Mount Bratur. But, never mind, there will always be next time and a reason for me to come to bali. :-)

After that, we stopped by a coffee plantation for Kopi Luwak, the famous and expensive coffee in Bali, perhaps the world.

Wiki says:

"Kopi luwak (Malay pronunciation: [ˈkopi ˈlu.aʔ]), or civet coffee, is one of the world's most expensive and low-production varieties of coffee. It is made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) and other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract."

You may read more on Kopi Luwak here.

Plantation entrance that has many varieties of plants / trees.
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Yup, I am holding the shit from civet cat. That's why Kopi Luwak is known as "Cat-poo-chi-no" (A joke from Mr Made)
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We were given 3 coffees and 2 teas for tasting - complementary.
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We added on a cup of Kopi Luwak for around RM18 (I think) for a small cup.
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I am not a coffee person, so it will be unfair for me to give comments on the Kopi Luwak. I did take a sip.
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Boy boy said he likes it. So we bought 2x500g back home.

The plantation owner, who is very friendly and speak Malaysian Malay.
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