Lunch overlooking Mt. Batur in Kintamani, Bali & Coffee Luwak is a must try!

Mt. BaturAfter almost 4 hours of temple hopping, its time to feed our hungry bodies, It’s almost lunch time so we continued our adventure towards Kintamani where the active Mt. Batur and a beautiful lake was located. Kintamani is surrounded by the captivating nature and there are six ancient villages around cauldron of Batur Lake which is often conceived by Bali Age Village.

Kintamani is beautifully seen at the day time around 10:00 am until 15:00 pm especially having fine weather where entire Kintamani area will be able to be seen clearly. BUT, when we were here, the weather was a bit cloudy so we just make the most of what Mt. Batur could offer, can’t wrestle with climate 🙂

Mt. Batur, Bali

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Generally, all tourists who visits this place will arrive in the day time where they can enjoy the panorama or enjoy the lunch in the local restaurant with lake view which we did!

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We finally arrived in Grand Puncak Sari, it was not actually the place I wanted to go and eat our hearty lunch, but another beautiful lake view side but the driver said its easier to have lunch in this place so we just agreed to it. It’s an awesome place to be honest, ahhh it’s a lovely place! 😯

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We arrived in this restaurant 11:30am and still quiet, only 2 tables were occupied. It’s a huge restaurant with nice ambiance indeed! Sumptuous buffet food that doesn’t cost too much by western standards of course!

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We ate to our hearts content. 😉 We enjoyed the weather as its a bit chilly.

Kintamani is 1,500 meters above sea level, we didn’t complained as it is a welcome treat to hot and stuffy Bali.

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Mt. Batur, bali

An  outstanding panorama while eating is always a bonus! I did some snapshots here and there,  we were just taking it easy enjoying the breeze and the panorama. It’s awesome but we need to go :-(

 

Coffee Luwak

On the way back to Ubud, we decided to stop and have a coffee in Bali Purina a place where they made one of the most expensive coffee in the world Civet coffee or Coffee Luwak, locally known as kopi luwak, the coffee made from Civet’s pooh sounds interesting right? hehe

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Ok lets make it more clearer so you will not turn your back on Kopi Luwak. But still others will find it ‘disgusting!’

“Civet Coffee,” is collected from coffee berry beans which have been digested by the Asian Palm civet.

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The Asian civet eats the ripest berries for their fleshy pulp which allows the proteolytic enzymes in its stomach to percolate into the beans. This process breaks down the proteins in the green beans creating a unique exotic flavor.

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At this point the local farmers will find the best Luwak’s droppings and take them for processing.

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At this point the local farmers will find the best Luwak’s droppings and take them for processing.

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They will thoroughly clean all luwaks droppings (pooh) to ensure coffee is ready for roasting.

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We went to Bali Purina to experienced the ‘gourmet’ coffee and they gave us a tour and some lesson in processing this expensive coffee. after the tour of their premises we ordered the kape kuwak that cost $5 a cup that’s Bali’s price, New York price is $30 a cup.

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The perks of coming to this farm/shop was you are given ‘free’ taste of other coffee and tea you can decide to order the civet coffee or not but still be given a ‘free sample’ with some kind of chips at the side, happy me  But tasting this kape luwak is a must for us, out of curiosity as well.

So is there any difference to the coffee we get used to? I must say it has a strong taste, earthly and musty. Something I wont have it every single day with my breakfast or in my morning fix.

Coffee luwak for me is just a novelty item, won’t pay a staggering price for it. I will remain faithful with my brewed coffee that surely doesn’t comes from animal pooh!

The farm has a beautiful & verdant surroundings, they have a deck where you can sit on for snapshots or maybe just to look around.

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