BALI’S ONE AND ONLY
Bali’s original produce and where to find it
Bali has so much more than meets the eye. The island is not only about traditions, sunsets, and parties but is also home to some of the rarest produce in Indonesia, if not the world. For all the true foodies out there, get ready as we present a special bucket list for you to check out when you are on the island.
CRÈME DE LA CRÈME
Considered the champagne of coffee, kopi luwak or the civet coffee is one of the most coveted drinks in the world with a price of more than US$ 250/100 grams. The coffee is sourced from a civet, a small mammal that wanders around a coffee plantation and selects only the finest coffee cherries to eat for snacks. However, it can’t digest the coffee stones and will soon excrete them out – this is when its anal glands impart an elusive musky smoothness to the “roasted” coffee.
Today, many varieties of civet coffee are cultivated on civet coffee farms. This practice, however, is highly criticized as the civets are caged and only fed with coffee beans, which is not their proper diet. But there are some coffee roasters who only use 100 percent wild civet coffee, sourced directly from some coffee farmers in Bali. And it is not difficult to differentiate the kopi luwak from wild and caged civets – their feces show what the animals have been eating in addition to coffee cherries. The limited amount of farmers who can submit wild coffee civets each month also helps maintain authenticity.
To enjoy the most expensive coffee in the world at its best, sourced from wild civets, you can go to Dulang at The St. Regis Bali Resort. After indulging in some Indonesian dishes through the restaurant’s signature rijsttafel dinner or rice table, a cup of civet coffee is surely a wonderful closure to your dining experience. Dulang The St. Regis Bali Resort ITDC Lot S6, Nusa Dua (0361) 847-8111 www.stregisbali.com
Experience kopi luwak with beans sourced from wild civets at Dulang at The St. Regis Resort Bali.