All over Asia there are ‘special’ coffees being made. Most use the normal de-pulping process, but a few take a more natural approach. The luwak (Asian palm civet) is a small cat like animal that enjoys the taste of coffee cherries. Once the cherries are eaten, enzymes in the stomach break down the pulp, leaving just the beans (and whatever else they had for lunch). After cleaning the poop off the beans, they are then roasted and brewed, and it’s delicious. The ‘kopi luwak’ is slightly less acidic than normal coffee, and definitely more exciting.
Coffee cherries ripen on the tree.
Traditional roasting of coffee beans.
An advanced brewing contraption. When you’re drinking poop coffee, it must be made to exacting standards.
If it looks like coffee, and smells like coffee, then it’s probably made from animal poop.
Coffee and tea tasting.
A young luwak.
Luwaks (Asian Palm Civet) eat coffee cherries, which are then pooped and processed to make coffee.
Terraced fields in northern Bali.
Lovina Beach on Bali’s north coast is known for trash, but the quantity was shocking. When talking to locals, they blamed the villagers up the hill who throw trash into the rivers, which then makes its way down stream, as well as the government for doing nothing to clean it up. Clearly trash was being dumped on the beach as well as washing up. We saw one person picking up trash on the main tourist area, but it was appalling to see (what could be) such a beautiful beach abused in such a way. It blows my mind that 80% percent of Bali’s population benefits from tourism but there was a complete and utter lack of caring and action on the Indonesian and Balinese Government’s part about cleaning up these popular destinations.
Haggling over fruit, Lovina Beach, Bali.
Hindu temple guard, Lovina Beach, Bali.
Very large spider. The body was 2″ long.
Up the hill, The Hamsa Resort was a nice respite from the Lovina’s trash strewn beaches.
Bundles of lemongrass in a market.
Working the terraced fields of Bali.
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