About a week ago, when visiting Singapore we took in a three day short visit to Bali. This is only a 2.5 hour flight away and after the 13 hour flight from Heathrow to Changi airport, this seemed no more than a tube journey, say from King’s Cross to Victoria Station in London. The added pleasure was being served with food, wine and other delights and having three seats between the two of us to spread out on. Once in Bali we made a trip from Seminyak, where we stayed, to ‘the Volcano’ and Lake Batur inland taking in Ubud (and the inevitable monkey park) and a number of craft villages on the way. After Ubud and before reaching the unfortunately more or less invisible volcano (which was shrouded in fog and rain by the time we reached the top) we took in a visit to a coffee and cocoa producer. This is a kind of sales and tourist hotspot, where you get to taste the various Bali produce.
Poo coffee is a Bali delicacy, much-loved by the Russians according to our driver. The Asian Palm Civet eats the ripe beans and shits them out again and this enzyme process gives the coffee its distinct taste. The beans are subsequently selected from the poo, and go through a drying and roasting process. I was not too impressed by the taste and preferred the Bali coffee, the different teas, ginger, lemon grass, and chocolate.