Organic Coffee Plantation
Together with our sister company – Munduk Coffee Company - we produce specialty coffees from our own coffee beans and those of our close neighbours. Beans are hand picked when they are fully red, necessitating two or three rounds of harvest, typically between July and September. Our total harvest is about 1500 kg of dry bean.
Munduk Organic Coffee Plantation was established by a Balinese and European team working in partnership to bring back high quality coffee to Bali’s central hills region, thereby generating good incomes for farmers, protecting the environmental supporting the local Community while making exceptional coffees.
Sample these coffees at MMP or get them delivered to you. You can visit our modern processing and roasting facilities and learn all about our specialty coffee through our roasting and cupping sessions. Introductory sessions are included in our MMP Experience Programme – but we can also offer tailor made sessions should you wish to learn more about specialty coffees.
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 plantation farming in Bali 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. A part of the revenues from our coffees is channeled back to the community in Gobleg and Munduk where MMP is located through our "Munduk Foundation" – which supports local projects, community development and each year gives a number of fellowships to local students.
Naturally, all the coffee you drink at MMP is home grown: you can order various organic coffees made from our Kintamani Arabica beans through different processing techniques as well an organic robusta. Our espresso blend is fully Bali based and is a great basis for cappuchinos, macchiatos and lattes too.Please see the attached “Coffee” product fiche with more detailed information on our harvesting and processing protocols as well a tasting notes.
A special treat is our wild “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 (neighbours’) land and collected by our team. The coffee is very carefully cleaned and washed and subsequently fully washed. 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. Obviously we only offer “wild” luwak coffee and abhor the practice of “caging” the foxes and forcefeeding them which unfortunately is found elsewhere on the Island.
In addition to savouring our coffee at MMP, you can also purchase it to take home or get it shipped to you.
Click here to download Munduk Coffee Price
The prices apply to roasted beans or coffee powder and exclude shipping costs which depend on quantity and destination.