How do you like your coffee? Black? Strong? Filtered? As an espresso shot perhaps, or the most-wanted cappuccino!
Millions of cups of coffee get consumed in a variety of ways each day, but very few of us spare a thought for the humble beans and the farmers who make it all possible.
Everyone is talking about Bali Kopi and Luwak Coffee right? We all know and love coffee, but what almost no one understands about a good cup of coffee is the importance of the right farming practices, processing methods and roasting techniques. At our Bali Beans Journey, we offer you a unique opportunity that lets you experience and enjoy the ‘crop-to-cup’ route of our premium Balinese coffee. This means we take you through each step from hand harvesting fresh ripe cherries, to the detailed and meticulous process involved to achieve the final distinctive full flavour you sip from your cup each morning. If you are lucky, you might even be able to get a close look at the highly acclaimed wild ‘Luwak’ excrement; the source of world’s most expensive coffee!
During this experience, you will be able to taste all our products whilst having the chance to practice your brewing skills with our professional barista. We are sure after experiencing our BALI BEANS JOURNEY you will never think about coffee in the same way again!
Our Barista Camps are open from May to September each year so don’t miss the opportunity to experience specialty coffee first hand. You can also explore the beautiful coffee growing region of Bali and stay in style in our new house which is located right in the middle of our coffee plantation.
We want you to see and experience the coffee harvest yourself, so come and stay with us to learn or improve your barista knowledge. Whether you are a professional, a newbie in coffee or you are simply wanting to understand how coffee is produced and served our intensive learning course is appealing to everyone.
We start by visiting different farms and meeting the individuals behind coffee and how their growing techniques and processing speciality coffee methods greatly impacts on its flavour. You will literally experience what its is like to live a day in their shoes before we move onto to how roast profiles and serving techniques are crucial for the different types of coffee drinks we all know and love.
Do you love a good coffee and want to learn about it? Do you dream about perfect brewing and serving great coffee? Would you like to learn or improve your Barista skills?
After our training you will be able to serve the perfect cup of coffee for your friends or clients. Students will learn from growing to serving coffee within 3 days.
Not only do we have the perfect altitude, coupled with excellent weather and volcanic soil conditions for premium arabica coffee plants to grow, but at Bali Beans we also focus on growing coffee in the most environmentally friendly way in natural tree shaded plantations without the use of any chemicals. This is in keeping with the Balinese philosophy of ‘Tri Hita Karana’ (3 principles – harmony amongst people, harmony with nature, harmony with god). We are constantly proving that we can stay traditional in our beliefs and the way we protect our environment, while being innovative in the way we grow and harvest our beans, that are perfect for modern brewing techniques.
Bali Beans is part of a collection of local farmers organised into a traditional group called “Subak Abian”. These groups historically have acted as rural cooperatives and over the years we have shared each others experiences and knowledge to help perfect the best coffee growing techniques, all in the most environmentally friendly chemical free way.
Our speciality Balinese coffee requires high quality soil at the right altitude, correct temperatures and the perfect amount of rainfall plus sunlight to ensure high yielding harvests. However, climate change is real and we along with our fellow farmers have been experiencing changes in rainfall patterns over recent years. These shifting weather patterns have made it increasingly challenging for us, the farmers, when it comes to deciding the best times to plant crops with the erratic weather often leading to lower harvests. Nevertheless, by sticking together in our Subak Abian and using the knowledge we have gained from traditional environmentally viable coffee farming techniques, we’ve managed to protect our land and therefore our crops from the adverse weather without the need for chemical assistance. An example of this was us recently all agreeing to plant more trees to help drain the soil in times of higher rainfall but also help to shade the coffee plants during periods of intense sunlight.
Apart from focusing on best coffee growing techniques, all in the most environmentally friendly chemical free way, we put our heart and soul into growing our farming community in an ethical manner. We are attentive towards the needs of our fellow farmers, and we do everything it takes to involve them throughout each and every single aspect of coffee production. Growing the next generation of farmers involves education, training and a change in mindset in ever challenging environmental conditions.
At Bali Beans, we have custom built a processing facility which allows people to learn about coffee and the individuals behind it. Our fully independent production facility also gives us a firm control over the quality of coffee we share with our customers.
There are 3 predominant ways coffee has been traditionally processed: Washed, Natural plus Honey and we handle all these major types of processing in our facility. Essentially, the tasting notes of the coffee can vary significantley depending on the type of processing it undergoes.
Washed coffees are all about the beans because they depend mostly on how much natural sugar and nutrients they have absorbed during the growing cycle. Washed process highlights the true character of single origin beans like ours, and that’s why so many speciality coffees are processed this way.
Natural or dry-process can be considered the most eco-friendly way of processing coffees. Basically, the fruit is left on the beans, and stays that way until the coffee dries. Though dry-process coffees need very little investment, they require specific climatic conditions, so that fruits and seeds dry in time. At Bali Beans, we believe this process brings out some of the most flavourful coffees, with interesting tasting notes and characteristics.
Yep, you’ve guessed it, it’s like someone added a dollop of fresh honey and caramelized chocolate in your morning cuppa, without the calories. Although the name honey-processed actually comes from how sticky the beans can be during processing and not from their sweet rich flavour. The cherry peel of the coffee is removed, but part of the fleshy inside, or the mucilage, is left on the beans when they dry, which means they are often left rounded in sweetness with a complex mouthfeel.
Apart from the above common processing methods, at Bali Beans we are proud of our signature processing styles. Also, we are constantly experimenting on new ways to enhance the amazing flavours of our coffee beans. Get in touch with us to know more!
For years, we the Sudana family have been roasting coffee beans the traditional way, but in order to accommodate the increasingly high demand for premium Balinese coffee, we invested in a top-quality Giesen W15 machine, imported directly from the Netherlands which allows us to get the best possible flavour profiles from our beloved beans. This machine comes with a computerised system enabling us to monitor the consistency of the individual unique roasts we create for our customers, depending on their preferred profile requirements, by controlling the internal temperature of the beans to draw out their natural, fragrant oil (caffeol) to augment their aroma, acidity, sweetness and other characteristics.
During our “Bali Beans Journey”, you can sample our various roast profiles, so let’s see if you can tell the difference!
We deliver on our promise to get the most premium Balinese coffee right to your doorstep! Whether you are a coffee addict, a newbie just getting interested in the delicious beverage or if you simply want to have the best cuppa to wake you up in the morning, Bali Beans ensures that you are in for a real treat.
Choose from our variety of beans, select the processing method and your preferred roast profile which best suits you, whether ground or whole beans, our job is to make your coffee journey wholesome.