Munduk Moding Plantation's Coffee
MMP is a working coffee plantation on five hectares where we practice organic farming using only natural fertilisers and no pesticides. We grow both robusta and arabica coffee and also collect some Luwak coffee found on our land (see below). Beans are hand picked when they are fully red, necessitating two or three rounds of harvest, typically between July and September. We process our coffee in the traditional manner, relying on dry processing.
After harvest, the beans are first cleaned and then placed in the sun - we often use a part of our tennis court or a reserved area near the temple at the entrance of MMP for this. They are then sorted to remove the unripe, overripe and damaged beans and subsequently cleaned.
Drying is very important since it strongly affects the quality of the coffee. We store our dried beans carefully and freshly ground and roast them twice a week in quantities that are a function of the needs of MMP. Grinding and roasting takes place according to Balinese traditions. MMP offers a weekly coffee processing “show” where guests get to prepare their own coffee: from dry bean to cup.
Our total harvest is about 1500 kg of dry bean.
Coffee has many environmental advantages compared to other cash crops. The shadow trees which are needed to protect the trees are all small reservoirs of water; moreover they hold the land, thereby keeping the fertile top layer of soil in place even during the rainy season. Moreover, this in turn attracts insects and bird life which - as you can witness - is very fertile at MMP. Organic coffee farming therefore does not exhaust the land and - contrary to cash crops such as oranges, flowers or even clove - can in principle be maintained for many decades in the same place.
At about 1100 meters above sea level the micro climate at MMP is ideal to grow coffee which was first introduced by the Dutch in the nineteenth century. We are still relying on descendants of coffee trees they imported at the time and which, word has it, were shipped from the island of Sulawesi. Historical records from Dutch times indicate that coffee was grown on a large scale in the area. Until the nineteen eighties, the hill stations of Gobleg and Munduk were recognized as the most productive areas on the island to grow coffee. After the harvest, the coffee would be transported to the villages at lower altitudes on horse back or dried by the farmer in a big open field which was kept only to dry the coffee.
However, with coffee prices falling dramatically in the nineteen nineties, many farmers started to abandon coffee, switching to other cash crops that brought higher revenues. Soil erosion and falling water tables followed suit. At MMP we have been advocating coffee growing to our neighbours given that it is in the long run interest of the area and its population. We are trying to work with them to grow organic coffee, to obtain better prices and to cut out some of the layers in the production chain that collect a very large part of the revenue at the expense of the farmer. While coffee farming requires patience - trees only start bearing fruit after 4 years we believe that - helped by rising international prices on world markets and the active support of the Indonesian and Balinese authorities, we can succeed with our partners.
Naturally, all the coffee you drink at MMP is home grown: you can order arabica, robusta or MMP blend. A special treat is our “luwak” coffee. This is the world’s rarest coffee made from coffee beans that have passed through the digestive tract of a luwak fox (civet). Luwak foxes eat red coffee beans as an element of their diet which otherwise consists of ripe fruits such as banana, papaya and sometimes bird and chicken. Beans are found on our land and collected. The coffee is very carefully cleaned and washed and subsequently dry processed. It has a very aromatic taste without traces of bitterness - it is prized from Melbourne to Paris. The natural environment of MMP (especially our forest area) has attracted a couple luwaks (nocturnal animals), but obviously production is very limited and we buy some from our neighbours to be able to offer small quantities to our guests.
In addition to savouring our coffee at MMP, you can also purchase it to take home or get it shipped to you.
The prices below apply to roasted beans or coffee powder and exclude shipping costs which depend on quantity and destination.
|| 100 grams
| 500 grams
(subject to availability)