After a couple meals at Munduk's Puri Lumbung Cottages, we were ready for a change in scenery. Luckily, our hotel was located across the street from a restaurant that looked mighty intriguing.
Though we had already tried “kopi luak” during a plantation tour in Kalibaru (Java), according to some informative signs, the coffee up for grabs at Warung Luwak promised to be the "real deal." Further documentation supplied by Budi, the well-versed owner of Warung Luwak, revealed that the growing popularity of the rare beans had created controversy. Apparently, in order to keep up with demand in cheap souvenir shops, some producers began cutting corners by caging nocturnal palm civets to prevent them from escaping into the darkness of night. These cultivators simply feed the creatures any old coffee beans, cutting out one of the main factors that gives kopi luak such a refined taste: the civets’ knack for choosing the perfect bean!
We enjoyed watching the three-brew process almost as much as the richness of the elixir that followed! And yet, the best was yet to come. Yes folks, Warung Luwak, the random establishment in the middle of a mountainside village, provided us with the best tasting food in all of Bali. And while we cannot remember specific names of the soup and two spicy entrees we enjoyed, we can tell you they were enhanced to perfection by some who clearly put heart and soul into each special step.
Be sure to ask Budi about his D’ecommunity Center of Munduk foundation!