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A fabulous story in a cup of coffee

  • Farmers pick red Arabica coffee berries during a harvest season in Catur village, Kintamani, Bali. Civets prefer to eat Arabica coffee beans as they are sweeter than Robusta. JP/Agung Parameswara

    Farmers pick red Arabica coffee berries during a harvest season in Catur village, Kintamani, Bali. Civets prefer to eat Arabica coffee beans as they are sweeter than Robusta. JP/Agung Parameswara

  • Arabica is the coffee variety civets most like to eat. Arabica coffee beans are sweeter and have a lower caffeine level than Robusta beans. JP/Agung Parameswara

    Arabica is the coffee variety civets most like to eat. Arabica coffee beans are sweeter and have a lower caffeine level than Robusta beans. JP/Agung Parameswara

  • A farmer carries a basket of red Arabica coffee berries during the harvest season in Catur village, Kintamani, Bali. JP/Agung Parameswara

    A farmer carries a basket of red Arabica coffee berries during the harvest season in Catur village, Kintamani, Bali. JP/Agung Parameswara

  • A civet, or locally known as “luwak”, eats Arabica coffee beans in a cage at Bali Pulina agrotourism center in Tegalalang, Bali. Luwak coffee is mainly produced in Bali, Java, Sulawesi and Sumatra. JP/Agung Parameswara

    A civet, or locally known as “luwak”, eats Arabica coffee beans in a cage at Bali Pulina agrotourism center in Tegalalang, Bali. Luwak coffee is mainly produced in Bali, Java, Sulawesi and Sumatra. JP/Agung Parameswara

  • Clods of civet feces containing Arabica coffee beans are spread out in the sun to dry in Catur village, Kintamani, Bali. JP/Agung Parameswara

    Clods of civet feces containing Arabica coffee beans are spread out in the sun to dry in Catur village, Kintamani, Bali. JP/Agung Parameswara

  • Two female workers spread out Arabica coffee beans in the sun to dry in Catur village, Kintamani, Bali. In the US, a cup of luwak coffee is priced at US$80.  JP/Agung Parameswara

    Two female workers spread out Arabica coffee beans in the sun to dry in Catur village, Kintamani, Bali. In the US, a cup of luwak coffee is priced at US$80. JP/Agung Parameswara

  • A farmer shows dried Arabica coffee beans, which are still mixed with civet feces. JP/Agung Parameswara

    A farmer shows dried Arabica coffee beans, which are still mixed with civet feces. JP/Agung Parameswara

  • Visitors can see wild civets put to work to produce luwak coffee at the Bali Pulina agrotourism center in Tegalalang, Bali. JP/Agung Parameswara

    Visitors can see wild civets put to work to produce luwak coffee at the Bali Pulina agrotourism center in Tegalalang, Bali. JP/Agung Parameswara

  • A woman roasts coffee beans at Bali Pulina in Tegalalang, Bali. The agrotourism center is widely known in Bali as a place to enjoy luwak coffee. JP/Agung Parameswara

    A woman roasts coffee beans at Bali Pulina in Tegalalang, Bali. The agrotourism center is widely known in Bali as a place to enjoy luwak coffee. JP/Agung Parameswara

  • A woman roasts coffee beans at Bali Pulina in Tegalalang, Bali. The agrotourism center is widely known in Bali as a place to enjoy luwak coffee. JP/Agung Parameswara

    A woman roasts coffee beans at Bali Pulina in Tegalalang, Bali. The agrotourism center is widely known in Bali as a place to enjoy luwak coffee. JP/Agung Parameswara

  • A tourist takes a picture of a civet cat in a cage at BAS coffee plantation in Tampak Siring, Bali. JP/Agung Parameswara

    A tourist takes a picture of a civet cat in a cage at BAS coffee plantation in Tampak Siring, Bali. JP/Agung Parameswara

  • Foreign tourists relax and enjoy luwak coffee during their visit to the Bali Pulina agrotourism center in Tegalalang, Bali. JP/Agung Parameswara

    Foreign tourists relax and enjoy luwak coffee during their visit to the Bali Pulina agrotourism center in Tegalalang, Bali. JP/Agung Parameswara

  • Tourists enjoy the beautiful scenery of coffee trees at the Bali Pulina agrotourism center in Tegalalang, Bali. JP/Agung Parameswara

    Tourists enjoy the beautiful scenery of coffee trees at the Bali Pulina agrotourism center in Tegalalang, Bali. JP/Agung Parameswara