As a kid I remember starting my day post breakfast to a glass full of milk. It didn’t matter if I liked it – I just had to drink it (for I was told that if I didn’t drink milk, I will remain short while all my friends would grow). Many years on and someday during the first year of college, I became a legit adult. And by that I mean, I sipped my first coffee!
Coffee has a lot of significance. While for some folks in my group, drinking coffee symbolised being intellectual, wise, mature or energised, for me it was always the addictive ‘aroma’ and then the taste. After numerous drinks of regular coffee, the famous Tamil Nadu ‘filter kapi’ and the x variations at Coffee day, I got to try the renowned Luwak Kopi in Bali (and successfully post-graduating to an international coffee drinker).
The Luwak Kopi (Luwak – Civet; Kopi – Coffee) is known to be the world’s most expensive coffee and honestly I heard about this only when I went to the Alam Sari Agrotourism farm in Bali from my best friend cum husband and then our local guide. The whole process starts with an adorable little animal called Asian Palm Civet eating the pulp of the sweet coffee berry. As the berry reaches its stomach, the enzymes action sets in and what’s expected next after digestion happens. The civet poops! Ay yes, you read it right and yes, I am aware it’s ‘disgusting’. The coffee beans somehow appear to be intact and the processing begins from here. They are washed thoroughly to separate the beans from the excreta, dried in sun, roasted, powdered and packaged making its way into the homes of the elite world of coffee drinkers.
While I battled with my orthodox thinking to try the samples set out at the table in the farm, my husband did a pretty good job at first trying the luwak coffee prepared using the coffee maker followed by the array of samples. What added to the beauty of this new experience was the amazing atmosphere – the luscious green environment, chirping of birds, buzzing of insects and a cloudy sky with intermittent drizzling. After spending a good amount of time here, I quickly bid my good byes before capturing few pictures and buying few packets of this famous kopi to compete with my local kapi at home.