Best Asian Places for Coffee Lovers
Do you know what is one of the world’s most valuable commodities, one that evokes such intense passion and debates that its consumers are sometimes labelled snobs (yes, I am one of them!) It’s coffee, of course, and here’s a handpicked list of the best places for coffee lovers.
Golden Triangle, Thailand
Beating Kopi Luwak, Northern Thailand’s Black Ivory Coffee Company has come up with a $50-a-cup coffee – made from beans eaten by elephants and then collected from their dung a day later! The elephant’s stomach acids give the coffee a unique flavour and a smooth aftertaste. The coffee is produced at the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation and is currently available in a few luxury resorts such as the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort.
Known as India’s Coffee County, Coorg (Kodagu) district in Karnataka is dotted with several coffee plantations – both private as well as those of coffee companies. Find a home-stay with an attached plantation and savour freshly ground coffee every morning with your breakfast. If you visit during the berry-picking season, you can help out on the plantation as well. Try the Tata Coffee Plantation Trails Heritage Bungalow for an unforgettable stay.
Fancy a coffee made from beans that have passed through an animal’s gut? Then try Kopi Luwak in Bali – one of the world’s most expensive coffees. This coffee is brewed from beans that have been eaten by the civet cat. The enzymes inside the cat’s stomach extract the bitterness from coffee giving Kopi Luwak a mild and sweet aftertaste. The $25-a-cup coffee is available all over Bali, but for a complete experience visit the Bali Pulina plantation, where you can see the civet cats, roast and pound some beans and also sample a variety of different blends.