Day 8 - Drive, James!
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Monday was moving dayâ€¦we were leaving the Mercure in Sanur to check in at the Best Western Condotel on Dreamland Beach in what is called the â€śNew Kutaâ€ť development. Since we would have to be driving and couldnâ€™t check into the hotel until later in the day, we rented a car and driver for the day and planned to visit some sights of
We checked out of the Mercure sometime around 10AM and began our drive to the northern part of the island; our first stop was the sacred monkey forest in Ubud, otherwise known as Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana.
After the monkey forest we traveled to Kintamani to view
Next, we were off to the Bas Coffee plantation where they are famous for their Luwak coffee, the most expensive coffee in the world. Why is it the most expensive? Because the Luwak has to eat the beans first and then the beans have to be hand-picked from their deposits! I was curious about this animal, so hereâ€™s a brief history:
The luwak (or civet), is a relative of the mongoose and is slightly larger than the average household cat. There are a number of different types of luwaks, which can be found right throughout the tropics, however the particular species that produces Luwak Coffee is concentrated in south east Asia. Luwak are nocturnal by nature and steal through the coffee plantations wreaking havoc on the crop of the unfortunate coffee farmer. Because of this habit they are often shot and in some areas they are becoming scarce.
Luwak are quite tolerant of humans and if allowed to live unmolested can be found everywhere from deep jungles to villages and even cities.
So why Luwak coffee??? The Luwak consume the red coffee cherries, when available, containing the fruit and seed, and they tend to pick the ripest and sweetest fruit. Thus there is a natural selection for the ripest coffee beans. The inner bean of the berry is not digested, but a unique combination of enzymes in the stomach of the civet add to the coffee's flavor by breaking down the proteins that give coffee its bitter taste.
Well, I am a coffee lover, but I didnâ€™t try the Luwak coffee. We did, however, sample several of their coffees and teas. I also bought a supply of
Our next destination was to the Huâ€™u restaurant and bar where we were to meet Rini (www.travbuddy.com/inirr) and her husband, Santo.
Our last stop was the Best Western! We were more than ready to get checked in after a long day of traveling and sightseeing. It was already dark when we arrived, so we were just basically interested in getting to the room and kicking off our shoes.