This was taken just after my friend and I had roasted coffee beans at a cocao plantation in Ubud, Bali in 2011. We were out on a guided tour for the day with one of the bellhops from our hotel, Wayhu. He might have been the sweetest person I’ve ever met and for a small fee he took us around Bali and brought us to all the spots you’re meant to see.

This place was interesting because they collect the droppings from an animal called the Asian Palm Civet to make Kopi Luwak, or civet coffee, one of the most expensive varieties of coffee in the world. These animals have a taste for the ripe coffee cherries on the plants. They then poop them out beneath the coffee plant and the beans get collected and cleaned. As you can imagine, they have a very distinctive taste.

This picture is our waiter rolling us a cigarette (sorry Mom) as he tells us about the different varieties of coffee we’re being served. His smile shows just how genuine and welcoming the Balinese people are.

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