I was on a quest to find the best coffee Bali has to offer. Seniman Coffee Studio on Jalan Sri Wedari in Ubud is a magical mix of calm and peaceful Ubud and a perfectly Westernized café, with comfy couches and deco furniture overlooking mini statues of Hindu gods and goddesses. The end result is one that makes you want to sit here for hours to enjoy the ambiance.
The smiling Balinese hipster barista serves single origin beans from the Indonesian region as well as other Seniman blends. I opted to try a few of the single origin beans, brewed using a medical lab-like Hario syphon in pour-over method. The first, Flores Bajawa Ngura, “sweet, bright, light body, melon/mango fruit, tobacco character, and nutty tones.” The second, Papua Wamena, “berry-like sweet aroma, medium body, bright, spicy and crisp.” I preferred the first cup, with a lighter roast and nutty flavors. The coffee is served on a tray holding the brewed coffee in a jar, a “shot glass”, a sweet coconut-filled crêpe and a cup of water. I was instructed by the barista to take shots of coffee, instead of drinking it straight from the jar, which explains the shot glass. Highly recommend to anyone that wants to spend a lazy day in Ubud!
On a side note, yesterday on my motorbike expedition I made a stop at Buana Amertha Sari (BAS) coffee plantation, and tried the famous Kopi Luwak, which has a very interesting history but was a bit overrated if you ask me. I would recommend the experience but the coffee itself did not taste any different than a plain old arabica bean.
Kopi luwak (Indonesian pronunciation: [ˈkopi ˈlu.aʔ]), or civet coffee, is one of the world’s most expensive and low-production varieties of coffee. It is made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) and other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract.