Trying out some traditional food was at the top of my Bali to-do list. It was my first time in Asia and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in to satay and sambal. Mmm.
I was expecting a few unusual offerings, but when we visited a coffee plantation outside of Ubud we were offered a very different type of local delicacy: Kopi Luwak coffee.
This special coffee is made from beans that are fed to a Civet Cat. Our feline friend snacks on the berries which are then passed through it’s digestive system removing everything but the bean. Some poor sod then has to pick up the poop and give it a good old wash before preparing the newly enhanced coffee for consumption.
Sounds gross, right?
Obviously when we were offered a cup we said yes.
If we were sat in Harrods rather than a beautiful plantation framed by paddy fields our caffeine hit would have set us back a whopping $100. Yes, you heard that correctly! You’d think those poor little Kitty’s were shitting out gold instead.
Now I’m not just saying this, but the coffee tasted pretty damn good. That might have been the fact that it only costs us $5 (bargain) but it was bloody delicious.
It also gave us excellent material for joking about it having a nutty taste. Sorry.
I picked up a bag to take home with me and have very much enjoyed feeding it to dinner guests who were unaware of the production, only telling them afterwards. Worth it for the shocked faces of my friends.
So if you are ever offered a cup, then say yes! I promise the lovely taste will make up for the knowledge that you’re drinking brewed feces.
Since my visit to Bali I’ve discovered that there’s a pretty cruel trade in the production of this coffee, and so if you do find yourself in Indonesia try to make sure you get your poopy brew from somewhere reputable.