#carewithcaose: A man & his coffee plantation

In 2018, L and I were in Canggu enjoying an espresso at Hungry Bird Coffee and chit-chatting with the owner who was kind enough to show us his roasting process. L, being Italian, has a fascination with all things coffee.

So fast forward one year and we find ourselves in a van winding up rocky roads to meet the man who supplies Hungry Bird beans all the way in Kintamani, Bali.

Arca greeted us in front of his plantation with a large grin and handshake and sat us down before jumping into the history of his family’s coffee business, Bali’s growing number of baristas and the magic of the bean.

While the two coffee fanatics continued their banter, I slowed behind to take in the humble surroundings. This is where your morning cup of coffee starts – with local farmers whose know-how feeds back into the land, the community and crosses borders.

The plantation belonged to Arca’s father before it was passed to him. He explained because his father didn’t know how to grow great tasting beans, and the demand wasn’t high, the bulk of the business came from planted orange trees. Today, they are scattered around the plantation providing crucial shade for the coffee plants.

During our hour long conversation, we learned about the drying process, peeked into his collection of stingless beehives and of course, tasted coffee.

After our very own tour of Arca’s coffee plantation. Thank you for the hospitality!

“It’s good coffee culture is becoming more popular in Bali, people work more and sleep less!”

Arca, owner of Desa Ulian, Kintamani Coffee Plantation
Adiwana Dara Ayu Villas

Bali makes it easy and almost natural to look for local produce and enjoy its wholesomeness. (Restaurants I recommend: Mosaic and Watercress Ubud).

I can’t wait to be back.

Also, stay tuned in June 2019, we will be offering Arca’s fruit infused coffee beans!

#carewithcaose

Canggu, Bali: Coffee, Mantas & Wheatgrass

Bali. Famously infamous for its beaches, rice paddies, yoga retreats and Australian tourists.

My first trip to the island was not what I had expected – rowdy backpackers, cat-calling, and an indecent local man exposing himself to us (do not stay in New Seminyak) – but L encouraged me to give it another shot.

A three day weekend turned out to be exactly what I needed to cure my travel bug. Sharing my experience at Canggu’s restaurants, our villa, diving, coffee and some seriously good food.

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The villa.

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Art.

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Waiting for my avocado toast

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Brunch companion @The Shady Shack

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Hungry man breakfast for him, avo toast and chickpeas for me. Also, cheers to a shot of wheat grass each because, Bali.

Diving in Bali 

We woke up on 5:30am on Saturday morning to head to the dive shop.

Three dives at three different sites were well worth it: Nusa Penida; Manta Point; Crystal Bay

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Suit up

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Dive squad

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Bambu, gorgeous restaurant and even better dishes

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Dinner @Bambu

Tips: 

  • First and foremost, be kind to the environment, respect the culture and the people because you are a guest
  • Rent a motorbike to get around (only if you can drive one, sounds obvious but bears repeating)
  • Indulge in the ‘clean food’ and yoga classes
  • Art in Bali is fantastic, so prepare your eyes and wallets
  • Transportation: Grab (Uber of SEA) is present in Bali so avoid the taxi scams at the airport
  • Support the local produce such as coffee and don’t check emails!

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