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“average but worth a visit if you want to tick off the Luwat coffee experience”

Luwak Civet Coffee Farm
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Ranked #6 of 40 things to do in Kintamani
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Owner description: Location: Sekardadi, Kintamani Bali,Indonesia. Just 5 minute before best view point of the Lake and Volcano Batur.
Reviewed 8 August 2014

We visited this place as part of a personal tour of Ubud and the surrounding area. I wouldn't say the tour was fantastic, in fact it was average, as we went from one place to the next learning only what we thought to ask about. That's another review. But as a confirmed coffee addict for decades (maintaining at just two a day now, thanks be) I wanted to try the famous cat-poo coffee.

you walk along a small path to a simple set up showing the beans at different stages of the process, from yet to be washed (less appealing) to roasted and ground (much more appealing). There are also trays of the raw products for the other coffees they make here - ginseng, vanilla pods, cocao nibs, coriander seeds, ginger, and tumeric - which I thoroughly enjoyed as I love making the connection between what you think it tastes/smells like and what it actually is.

I don't recall what the cost was but pretty cheap to try all the coffees and of course compare them with the Luwat. The Luwat coffee was great, rich and mellow and quite different from the usual coffee. I can't say I would spend the $$ to drink this all the time, I like the taste of a good non-feline-modified bean just as much. the setting at the cafe is nice, it has a great outlook looking over stepped paddy fields but is simple and quite plain.

As you enter and leave this place you pass by cages that have some civet cats in them; these are simple cages, don't look comfortable, and the poo sits there on the bottom of the cage. I am sure this is not the entire production line.

not wonderful, but maybe interesting enough to make a visit.

Thank Ngatiawa
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Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

I have had this a lot on my travels. Your driver just casually suggests that you might like to see how the local coffee is produced and your friend says 'yes, ok!' and before you know it you are being driven down a farm track to a show plantation, tasting benches and all-important (compulsory) gift shop. The lay-out is very good, with friendly hosts and with an excellent range of teas and coffees, locally produced. We enjoyed all of this. However, what is disturbing is the condition of the cats in their tiny cages. They looked disturbed and quietly going out of their minds with boredom. Also, you never know how much the items in the gift shop will be once you have consumed the tea, coffee and chocolate samples. I took one for the team and purchased a small bag of tea and one of coffee which came to about 160000rp in total, which seemed acceptable judging on the smile of the host! (About £8) I know you don't have to buy anything you don't want, but it would be very awkward not to after sampling the 20 or so drinks and chocolate. I imagine our driver from the hotel also got a cut, which made a couple of people happy! All in all, it was an average experience based on the fact that it is a sales pitch, and that they really need to work on providing a better life for their cats. People do buy and drink this product so that is the least that they can do.

2  Thank rb19760
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

you can't visit Bali and not come here if you are a coffee connoisseur. you get to taste different coffees including luwak at extra charge, you get to see coffee, cocoa pineapple plants and civets and you're in the middle of the jungle. I understand the worry for the treatment of captive civets, but they did not seem in distress when we visited. You also get a chance to buy coffee and tea as well as local spices.

1  Thank alamo07109
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

Please do not directly contribute to animal cruelty by visiting this ghastly place. The intelligent civets are kept in tiny filthy cages. They regularly gnaw off their own limbs in distress. They are nocturnal animals who are force fed an unbalanced diet and they exist in misery and are regularly awoken by being poked with sticks so that you can take a picture of them. Humans who are convicted murderers receive far superior treatment.

4  Thank Lorraine S
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Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

Lovely local guide who walked you through a "plantation" & explained all the different herbs & plants used for their coffee. 2 luwaks kept in cages near the roasting area & clearly stressed & bored . . . The guide poked with a stick but they're nocturnal & felt the need to sleep. Led to an area where you sample 2 cocoas, 6 different coffees & 6 different teas. The guide talks you through them all & mine was delightful. Very helpful & I would certainly go again to buy coffee.

Thank KellsEdge
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