Java is one of the world’s top coffee producers, with growers in Bali, Sumatra, Papua and beyond, creating impressive single-estate brews.
Whether in Bali or Java, a coffee plantation tour is a spectacular way to pass the morning. While on the tour, you'll typically see the coffee "cherries" on the plant, watch the different stages of processing (from soaking away the skin and pulp, to sun-drying and roasting), and then taste the finished product.
Note: please don’t support the kopi luwak (or civet coffee) trade. Traditionally, kopi luwak was produced by wild palm civets (small mammals), which chose the finest and ripest cherries (or coffee fruit) as part of their mixed diet, then pooped out the pits or beans to produce a mellow, balanced coffee
As you’d expect of an archipelago with around 18,000 islands and 700 languages, Indonesian food is highly regional, and cooking classes are a great way to discover the flavors.
In remote areas, ask the owner of your guesthouse (or your guide) for their recommendation. I learned to cook tangy, spicy Minahasa food in bamboo – a highlight of my trip to Sulawesi. Try foraging for a rice-field salad in the terraces around Payangan, outside Ubud. The thrill of discovery, as your guide points out edibles hidden in the jungle, never gets old.
Foodies will love Bali. Street food chef Will Meyrick offers cooking classes that start with a market tour, plus a memorable street food and culture tour of Bali’s less-visited capital, Denpasar. At Bali Asli, Penelope Williams works with local fishermen, farmers
Ubud Village Plate can connect travelers with local families for cooking classes, which are then shared together. All the families in the program have different skills and expertise to share, and each village has its own unique heritage.
From the bizarre (to most western travelers, at least) foods on offer at Tomohon Market – rat on a stick, anyone? – to the succulent flavor of
At a typical streetside warung (family restaurant) you can eat for a dollar,
One type of food you’ll find everywhere is Padang food, which originates in Sumatra but has Arabic and Indian influences. This translates into rich curries – beef rendang, the smooth curry with intense caramelized coconut flavors, is a Padang signature – served with oodles of sambal and rice.
Java, which has a larger population than Japan, has a range of distinct cuisines. In Yogyakarta, look out for
Further afield, Maluku has some excellent fish dishes, Makassar in South Sulawesi is a culinary destination for soups and
A guide on proper behavior in Indonesia to help travelers avoid any awkward misunderstandings.
Eat like a local, get to know the villagers in a homestay, or just escape tourist-infested cities, with these 5 tips get off the beaten path in Indonesia.
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