Travelling is like a drug! The more you travel, the more you become addicted to satisfy your inner wanderlust. What we learnt while travelling to so many places is that knowledge is limitless. Things we are addicted to can also be the things we know the least about. Doesn’t it sound ironical? It is indeed.
If you follow us on Instagram, you must know that we both are big-time coffee lovers. So here goes the story, before we went to Bali, we never knew that coffee could have so many types.
Yes, you got me right! We went to a coffee plantation farm called ‘Taman Ayu’ in Bali. It served varieties of coffee out of which the most intriguing was the Kopi Luwak coffee.
Chance to Taste The Most Expensive Coffee in the World…
Kopi Luwak coffee was the one to capture most of our attention because of the fact that it was made out of civet cat’s poop! The thing we usually feel disgusted about at even the mention of it, is used to make our favourite – hot and searing coffee.
The so called aristocratic and playful animal – ‘The cat’ eats Cherries (also known as the coffee fruit). It then secretes the indigestible parts of the fruit that is used to make the most expensive coffee in the world – LUWAK. The coffee beans are extracted and then sent for cleaning, milling and roasting. Now it is even available in India!
A start-up company – Coorg Consolidated Commodities (CCC) has bought the idea of producing Civet coffee in the state of Karnataka and sells this coffee under the name “Animane”. But what makes them different from the one produced in Taman Ayu is, that it completely follows natural process and doesn’t cage the cats. Now this is intriguing but I still don’t buy the concept as yet!
What’s It Like to Be at a Coffee Plantation in Bali?
These coffee gardens in Bali are fragrant, surrounded by lush green lawns and scenic beauties. A delight for young and old alike! But what is hidden behind these farms with nature’s abundance is the torture Civet Cats have to face while the processing of the coffee.
As I said, we tried different types of coffee but we didn’t even think of trying the Cat Poop Coffee Bali – reason being the brutality and inhuman behaviour faced by the innocent animals. The Civets are coerced to live inside the cages in loneliness. They have no access to the things that make them happy.
The glorified picture of these coffee farms hides the cruelty, the helpless cats have to face. The topic is still debatable as many owners at the coffee plantation farms in Bali claim that they keep Luwak in an open environment and those babies are not subjected to any sort of cruelty. But what we saw with our own eyes is unquestionable.
As travelers, we aren’t any experts on this subject but we have the right to QUESTION. Based on our observations, we did not find it ethical to taste that SHIT!!!!
An Unethical Coffee Delicacy
So yes, we did enjoy our visit to Taman Ayu and savoured every sip of the coffee but have no plans of visiting that place again. My love for coffee is way too less than my respect and affection for the animals.
There are a lot of social issues that unfold everyday but this one is not very popular or perhaps significant for the welfare workers. So, since every drop makes the ocean we went against the barbaric behaviour of a few by not trying the Luwak coffee and deciding of never being to that place again.
However, if we ever learn that the cruelty has ceased to exist, we won’t mind being the brand ambassadors for endorsing wide variety of coffee. After all, “Once a coffee lover is always a coffee lover.”
If you are planning a visit to Bali, you might also be interested in visiting Nusa Lembongan Island.