Bali is a tropical island located between Java and Lombok in Indonesia with a population of over 4 million people. It’s home to postcard beaches, magnificent mountains, resorts and splendid coffee and cuisine.
Known as Island of the Gods, Bali boasts a rich and diverse culture, which is evident in every aspect of life, from its colourful temple ceremonies to traditional music and art forms. Bali is notably the only province in Indonesia with a predominantly Hindu culture compared to the rest of Indonesia.
BALI’S DIVERSE CULTURE
Balinese Hindu Temples called Pura are dotted across the island. These temples are carefully built in accordance with rules, style, guidance and rituals found in Balinese architecture. Pura Besakih is regarded as the holiest temple in Bali and is located on the slopes of Mount Agung.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The term pura comes from the Sanskrit word (-pur, -puri, -pura, -puram, -pore), which means "city", "walled city", "towered city", or "palace.”
- Bali is also called “the Island of a Thousand Puras” due to the large number of temples built throughout this tropical paradise.
The holy Pura Besakih.
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BALI’S NATURAL WONDERS
Standing at 1,717m tall, Mount Batur is one of Bali’s most visited active volcanoes. Located in the town of Kintamani, the trek to the peak takes about two hours. Mount Batur offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the green vegetation in the village and gorgeous lake Batur.
Sunrise trekking at Mount Batur
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TEGALALANG RICE FIELDS
The famous Tegalalang rice fields are located north of Ubud in Central Bali. Tegalalang rice terraces are a must-see due to its picturesque lookouts and surrounding lush greenery.
Tegalalang Rice fields in Ubud, Bali
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A DEEPER LOOK INTO BALI COFFEE
While coffee growing was established by the Dutch in Sumatra and Java, traders from Lombok brought the first coffee plants to Bali in the early 20th century.
Coffee is primarily cultivated in the lands between Mount Batukaru and Agung, where the rich volcanic soils are highly favourable for the production of coffee beans. Balinese coffee has a distinctive fruity taste profile as some plantation owners grow their coffee alongside citrus trees.
Coffee growers in Bali follow the ‘Subak Abian’ farming system, which is based on the ‘Tri Hit Karana’ philosophy. Tri Hit Karana, is rooted in Hinduism, believes in the importance of a healthy relationship between humans, god and the environment. So Balines coffee is typically produced in a most eco-friendly way without the use of chemicals.
The irrigation system (Subak Abian) followed in Bali
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Most coffee in Indonesia undergoes dry processing but farmers in Bali use wet processing method instead. The fruity flesh of the coffee cherry is removed prior to the drying. This yields a brighter and pleasantly acidic profile with a lighter body, compared to the more rich and robust, full-bodied characteristics of other Indonesian coffees.
Balinese coffee is primarily characterised for its bright citrusy notes with a light to medium body.
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