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Exploring Bali's Coffee Plantations

By Samantha Granger - 15 February, 2024

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Last month, we embarked on a journey to Bali, Indonesia, to delve deep into the roots of coffee production. Our destination: the enchanting coffee plantations of Bali Bean and Curtina Coffee. As Swiss coffee specialty company, we set out to explore not just the origin of coffee beans but also to forge connections with the farmers who cultivate it.

The experience was nothing short of magical. From the moment we set foot on the lush landscapes of Bali, we were captivated by the picturesque beauty that surrounded us. Towering palm trees, emerald rice fields, and the scent of blooming flowers greeted us as we began our adventure into the heart of coffee country.

Bali's Coffee Culture: Coffee has been an integral part of Bali's culture for centuries. The island's volcanic soil, tropical climate, and high altitude make it an ideal environment for growing coffee. Balinese coffee, particularly Arabica, is celebrated for its smooth, full-bodied flavor and distinct aroma.

Our first stop was the Bali Bean plantation, where we were warmly welcomed by the local farmers. As we walked through the fields, we couldn't help but marvel at the dedication and hard work that goes into each and every coffee bean. From seed to cup, the process is a labor of love, meticulously overseen by generations of passionate growers.

Coffee Varieties: While Bali is known for its Arabica coffee, which thrives in the island's cooler mountain regions, it also produces Robusta beans, which are typically grown at lower elevations. The two primary types of coffee cultivated in Bali are Kintamani Arabica and Robusta.

One of the most memorable aspects of our tour was the opportunity to engage directly with the farmers. Through conversations and shared experiences, we gained a deeper understanding of the challenges they face and the pride they take in their craft. It was a humbling reminder of the human connection that lies at the heart of coffee culture.

At Curtina Coffee, our journey continued as we delved further into the intricacies of coffee production. Here, amidst rolling hills and verdant landscapes, we witnessed firsthand the artistry behind each batch of beans. From the delicate hand-picking of ripe cherries to the precise roasting process, every step is infused with skill and expertise.

But perhaps the most rewarding part of our journey was the opportunity to taste the fruits of their labor. Sipping freshly brewed cups of Bali's finest coffee, we were transported by the rich flavors and aromatic profiles that danced on our palates. It was a sensory experience unlike any other, a celebration of tradition and innovation, of culture and craftsmanship.

Community and Sustainability: Many coffee plantations in Bali operate in close collaboration with local communities, prioritizing sustainable farming practices and fair trade principles. By supporting these initiatives, visitors can contribute to the livelihoods of Balinese farmers and help preserve the island's natural beauty for future generations.

As we bid farewell to Bali and returned home to Savigny, we carried with us more than just memories. We brought back a renewed sense of purpose, a deeper appreciation for the journey that each cup of coffee represents. Our time in Indonesia reminded us that coffee is more than just a beverage—it's a story, a legacy, a way of life.

Global Recognition: Bali's coffee industry has gained recognition on the global stage, with its beans prized by coffee enthusiasts and connoisseurs worldwide. The island's unique terroir, coupled with the expertise of local farmers, contributes to the exceptional quality of Balinese coffee, making it a sought-after commodity in the international market.

As we continue to source and roast the finest beans from around the world, we do so with gratitude and respect for the farmers who make it all possible. Our journey may have ended, but the spirit of exploration lives on in every batch of Goodlife Coffee. Here's to the next adventure, and the countless cups of inspiration that await.