Today I travel to the origin of my cup of coffee.
Now that I have introduced you to more than 80 coffee growing countries, it is time to visit a coffee plantation myself.
And here I am after 17 hours of flight – in Indonesia on Bali at Basanta Agro Organic.
On a small path, it goes along coffee, cocoa plants and Co. Here, great emphasis is placed on sustainability and organic cultivation.
In a clay fireplace, fired with wood, the coffee is traditionally roasted. Therefore, the green coffee beans come in an aluminum pan. After roasting, the beans cool in a bamboo dish before they are ground. After the hike through the herb-, fruit and vegetable gardens, I continue with a tasting.
From the seeds and sprouts it goes through the cultivation area of the garden. Everything grows here, from local herbs such as turmeric, ginger, ginseng and vanilla, to tropical fruits such as pineapple, banana, papaya, passion fruit, boni (bignay), lipas and sotong, to vegetable gardens with eggplant, carrots, tomatoes and much more.
The tour ends with a sweet welcome at the plantation’s own restaurant. From here you have not only a fantastic view of the plantation. The moist air is pure relaxation for my Berlin nose. Of course there is also something to eat and drink.
Today I drink about 8 different types of locally grown coffee. Arabica, vanilla, ginger, ginseng, coconut, durian, luwak coffee and Bali Mochacino. There are also cocoa and various teas such as rosella and mangosteen tea. I am delighted! My favorites are Mangosteen tea and Kopi Luwak. And I can drink it with a clear conscience, because here no civet cats in cages suffer for the coffee. It is only collected from wild cats. With so many impressions, the stomach growls.
The choice of food corresponds to the philosophy of the Basanta concept: Amerta (blessing), Ananta (endless), Amala (pure) and Avinash (indestructible). Freely translated: “All dishes are created with blessed pure ingredients from the land of the gods, well thought out in an endless presentation, and bring only the good to the one who consumes it!” What’s actually on the table is a raw vegan selection of starters and main courses and traditional Balinese sweets for dessert. I treat myself to a salad and Laklak – small green traditional Balinese pancakes – I am on vacation 😉 With it have a refreshing young coconut. The ingredients come from the previously visited gardens and farmers in the area, are fantastically prepared and taste simply divine. The Balinese country house atmosphere I get for free. I feel like a newborn. Unfortunately, I’m afraid they do not deliver to Berlin 😉 A good reason to stop by again.
- Bali Luwak Coffee (wild)
- Bali Arabica Coffee
- Bali Robusta Coffee
- Bali Ginger Coffee
- Bali Cocoa Coffee
- Bali Coconut Coffee
- Bali Ginseng Coffee
- Bali Vanilla Coffee