Bali Day 5 – Munduk waterfalls and coffee made from poop!

Munduk is a wonderful place for walks, seeing beautiful waterfalls and experiencing Balinese lifestyle without hawkers or hustle and bustle of bigger and more touristy places in Bali. It was first place where we heard of the most expensive coffee in the world – Kopi Luwak – made of animal excrement!

Waterfall in Munduk

1st waterfall in Munduk

While having breakfast at the top terrace restaurant at our hotel (Puri Alam Bali Hotel) we met 2 girls from California and started friendly and lengthy chat. Kim and Dawn told us useful information about Ubud and Kuta and we shared our travel stories and experiences.

Shaded walk to waterfalls, Munduk

Shaded walk to waterfalls, Munduk

When we realised it’s almost noon we decided to set off for 3 hours round walk to waterfalls. The walk was fantastic! The main attractions are 2 amazing waterfalls, as well as vegetation, little coffee shops and small stalls with locals selling colourful and fragrant spices.

2nd waterfall on our walk in Munduk

2nd waterfall on our walk in Munduk

Paths to both waterfalls are very easy to find, marked on the main road and no guide is needed (we were surprised to see a group of people with a guide going to waterfall). In most parts it’s a shaded and very pleasant walk with some steps but nothing too difficult. There is a small entry fee for each fall. We were lucky and paid only for one. As we past the payment booth on the way to see the bigger waterfall- no one was there so we didn’t pay.

One of the stalls on the way to waterfalls

One of the stalls on the way to waterfalls

We stopped in one of the tiny tea/coffee shop hidden few meters away from the main path to get some drinks. We got a cup of spice tea with Balinese cake and it’s was gorgeous! This tiny place was set among lush green vegetation and was very peaceful – it felt like time has stopped in here… It was exactly what we needed – some quiet, relaxing time during our fully packed with activities 3 months trip around Asia. We both loved this relaxed Bali experience.

Delicious spice tea with Balinese cake

Delicious spice tea with Balinese cake

In this cosy tea/coffee place we are also offered a special type of the most expensive coffee in the world – Kopi Luwak (or civet coffee)- which is made out of excrements! Yes, that’s right it’s not a mistake. You might wonder how on earth this is possible. Well, it’s not that complicated… Lady who runs the shop and lives there introduced us to cute animal – luwak (Asian palm civet). Luwak is kept in a cage and fed with coffee beans which are processed in its digestive system and then expelled by animal. Excrement containing coffee beans (in form of clumps) is then collected, thoroughly cleaned and roasted. Lady owning the shop was offering one cup of this unusual drink for 50,000 IDR. As we are only decaf coffee drinkers we didn’t get tempted but felt a bit sorry for the poor cute animal in the cage force fed with coffee beans.

Luwak (Asian palm civet) fed on coffee beans

Luwak (Asian palm civet) fed on coffee beans

So it’s more about the process rather than coffee beans type which makes it the most expensive coffee in the world with retail price up to US$700 per kilo! When we compared smell of traditional coffee and then Kopi Luwak we noticed that Kopi Luwak was more fragrant than traditional one. Some critics say though that this is generally bad coffee that attracts with its unconventional process rather than taste. Before you decide to drink this coffee you should actually read about cases of bad treatment of animals used to make Kopi Luwak.

Cute little dog spotted on the way back from our walk

Cute little dog spotted on the way back from our walk

We had a wonderful day in Munduk and it felt like it was one of the best days in Bali so far!

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