Bengkulu Tea And Coffee Plantation
During my four days trip to Indonesia, we allocated one full day for Bengkulu while the remaining three days in Jakarta (Check out the 6 cafe blog posts in Jakarta). In order to reach Bengkulu, we had to take a 1-2 hours flight out from Jakarta.
While over there, we had the privilege of experiencing VIP treatment the very moment we stepped out from the plane at Bengkulu airport. We had the luxury of waltzing through the immigration and immediately hopped into our private vehicle! Traveling within Bengkulu was also a breeze as we were being chauffeured around and was escorted during one of the driving trip!
Coming back to the main purpose of my trip at Bengkulu – to visit a coffee farm. So the journey began. It was a rocky and adventurous 1.5hours drive from our accommodation to the Tea and Coffee plantation. While nearing the vicinity, the air became cooler as it was on higher grounds and we managed to spot some locals traveling on foot.
Soon enough, we have arrived our first destination, the Tea Plantation. To cut the long story short, although we didn’t manage to tour the plantation, we were given a tour of the processing factory and welcomed with a session of snacks and tea appreciation.
After which, we proceeded to our final and main destination, Coffee farm! To our disappointment, instead of a commercial farm, we were brought to a private one instead. Over here, the farmer specializes in Kopi Luwak (Civet Cat Coffee), where he rears his own civet cats, nourishes them with their natural food sources and occasionally with coffee cherries.
Before the cherries are fed to the civet cats, they would go through a cleaning and drying process. After being eaten and defecated out from the civet cats, the beans were being cleaned up and dried up once again before being sold and roasted.
After the short tour, we had a simple coffee tasting session at the farmer’s humble accommodation. True enough, the acidity of the coffee was low as a result of the cat’s digestion process, therefore giving the coffee a clean finish. According to the farmer, monthly harvest from these cats is about 20kg on average, which means it’s about 5kg weekly! That’s because he practices his farming ethically by feeding his cats coffee cherries about 2-3 meals weekly.
Despite being a little disappointed as our main objective wasn’t met, but the hospitable treatment and sincerity we received did warm our hearts! It was also an eye opener to the sort of lifestyle that these people lead and I was impacted by the joy that they have despite their simplistic way of life!
Friends and company during the trip
Processing plant for Tea
Some sights at the farmer’s house