Day 8 - The Grand Tour Part I
I'm up, I'm up. Rubbing my eyes, I grab my already packed bag that I am now so thankful for, and add a couple of other things for the day. I take my time getting dressed, eat two slices of cold pizza, and sit outside by the pool waiting for Nathan and Farrah. 8 am the uber driver for the day arrives and we set out. We are driving to the northern part of the island today to go see waterfalls. This is all I know.. as of now anyway. I keep yawning and voicing how much I'd like some coffee right about now. Farrah agrees. A few minutes later our driver says, "would you like me to stop for some coffee?"
He drives about ten more minutes and pulls over. I see the sign coffee but no shop.
This girl comes out to greet us and asks us to follow her... Okay.
This is Reesa. She is fifteen years old and she works at The Luwak Coffee Plantation Farm. Oh how I'd love a job here. Anyway, she begins right away showing us coffee leaves and plants and explaining how they work. I was immediately drawn in and fascinated.
Here, if you look closely, you can she is roasting coffee beans over a fire and keeping the stir constant. It smelled so delicious.
We were then shown a sleeping civet, better known as a Mongoose. Mongooses are fed papaya, bananas, and coffee berries that are at their optimum maturity growth according to smell and taste. These beans do not get destroyed in the digestive system of the mongoose and they are still encased in their hard cuticle when they come out of the feces. This is a natural fermentation process. The fermentation in the mongoose is meant to improve the quality of the coffee because of the temperature and it is also aided by enzymes and bacteria within the mongoose. Protein in civet coffee is much lower than any other coffee and the taste and smell is very distinctive.
We chose to buy the coffee tutorial and try the main cup of civet coffee and then all of the other flavored coffees and teas. There was chocolate, vanilla, coconut, and gingseng coffee. Then we had lemongrass, ginger, mangosteen tea, and a few more. All were so delicious! I was seriously in heaven. Just when I thought we were stopping at a regular coffee shop, we were pulled into so much more and honestly, I could've stayed on this coffee farm all day long. One of my favorite experiences by far.
We were then able to try corn paper wrapped organic tobacco. It smells and tastes really good; like a dark flavorful pull of cigarette smoke. It is both smooth and harsh all at once. Unlike anything else I've ever smoked, and the feeling of calm it gives is so relaxing. A few puffs will do just fine as you do not need much, especially not the whole thing to feel your body relaxing.
I love places that have a feeling of total freedom. There are hardly any rules anywhere we go and the energy is always so open and inviting. This culture is so apt to allowing others to be themselves, ask questions, and enjoy life as you please here. I am in love with that, truly.
So off we go... into the unknown magical waterfall land.