Bali is not only well-known for its unparalleled natural beauty and cultural wealth. In addition to being a tropical paradise, Bali is also known for its Bali Kintamani Coffee plantation, cultivated 1500 meters above sea level at the Kintamani Coffee Plantation, in the highlands of Kintamani near Mount Batur, Bangli Regency.
Made from Arabica coffee beans, Bali Kintamani Coffee reveals a distinct citrusy flavor with a low level of acidity, and no aftertaste. Interestingly, this fruity and fresh citrus flavor is due to the cultivation of orange trees near the coffee plantation. And unlike most coffees in Indonesia, there is no hint of spice in Bali Kintamani Coffee. The unique taste has made this specialty coffee popular among international customers. As a leading export commodity, Bali Kintamani Coffee has penetrated markets in Japan, Australia, and Europe. In terms of appearance, the Kintamani Coffee bean is also bigger in size, with a green bean size larger than the regular Arabica coffee.
Another exciting thing about coffee plantations in Bali is the Subak system. Subak is a traditional Balinese irrigation system for the management of rice fields and plantations. Certainly, the Bali Kintamani Coffee Plantation also adheres to this system. It aims to preserve the authenticity of Balinese coffee. In coffee plantations, Subak regulates the planting system and ensures the welfare of farmers by regulating market prices. Farmers must cultivate coffee organically. This means that coffee cultivation should not use chemicals, including pesticides. They have to use organic fertilizers. Another important rule is that members of Subak are not allowed to harvest coffee until it turns red. The goal is to maintain a good quality coffee. Besides being able to maintain the quality of Kintamani coffee, this customary rule also helps to boost coffee production. Almost every region in Bali has its own subak organization. The Subak rules have been handed down through generations in the form of customary law. Consequently, if there are farmers who violate it, they will be given appropriate customary sanctions.
Kintamani Coffee Plantations has given a lot of thought into the balance of nature. They use only organic fertilizers and a unique irrigation system. They also avoid using any kind of pesticides. This is why Kintamani coffee is known as a very environmentally friendly coffee, because its planting process is very mindful of the ecosystem. In 2008, the Kintamani coffee was awarded a certificate of Geographical Indication for its eco-friendly process. This certificate indicates that Kintamani coffee is known and recognized at the international level. Hence, the coffee became even more famous throughout the world.
And since Bali is a holiday destination, even coffee plantations have become a popular tourist destination too. A lot of travel agencies offer private tours of these plantations. Upon visiting Kintamani Coffee Plantations, tourists can enjoy coffee tasting, learn how coffee beans are grown and processed, discover a local Balinese village, and meet the local people. They can even get acquainted with the Balinese lifestyle.
So, coffee entrepreneurs, are you interested in adding Bali Kintamani Coffee to your must-brew list? Feel free to contact us at Coffee Arks. We sell only the best quality Bali Kintamani Coffee.