A group of enthusiastic tourists from Germany, Spain and other European countries is very eager to try out a coffee which came from Sailand coffee-agrotourism plantation in Bangli or on the path to Tampaksiring/Kintamani. The manager of this plantation, I Wayan Murtika, explained very thorough about their products and invited those tourists to try out their coffee and cacao. It doesn’t cost a dime to do this, but if the tourists interested, they can buy these Balinese and Luwak Coffee products which came from this 1200 metres from sea level of two acres plantation. The cool air and fantastic view along the plantation has become an attraction for tourists to visit Bangli, Kintamani. This includes me last week when I was in Bali.
Bali Island is one of many coffee producing areas in Indonesia despite their history is less heard than other areas because it resistance towards Dutch Colonial then. Traditionally, Bali is famous for their robusta coffee and was developed in organic ways. This mainly due to imbalance between selling price and modern vertilizer cost. Usually, coffee plantations were owned by small farmers and managed collectively with traditional cooperative system in Bali. Some of this plantations are being develop in modern ways and a lot of them have been an attraction for tourism.
On peak season, hundreds of tourists come to visit this plantation, accompanied by a fluently-speaking tour guide. This tourists can enjoy their coffee in great atmosphere because of this plantation is located in 1000 meter above sea level. Some of the tourists are enthusiasts by owners story about these kind of coffee while occasionally drink it. And some of these tourists will instantly buy the coffee which is sold at the souvenirs shop. It is no surprise that some of these tourist often come here just to enjoy these exotic Luwak Coffee and is sold in the price of IDR 50.000 to IDR 100.000 per cup. Beside coffee, the plantation also sold other products such as fruits, sesames, cocoa, beauty treatments, aroma therapy, and of course local craftsmanships.
Such experience can also be seen on other various agrotourism plantations such as at Buana Amertha Sari (BAS) which has 10 acres of plantation, or Trisna Bali Agriculture, and on one or two small coffee plantations in Kayuamba. There are a lot of interesting factors for those who never experience agrotourism here. Traditionally process such as roasting that rely on burning woods is a interesting point in these areas. So, if you are bored with a mainstream tours, why not try these kind of experience in Kintamani.
Translated from cikopi.com
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