Sounds easy, doesn’t it?
After paying our driver extra to make a detour to a remote coffee plantation we’d read about, we wanted to fulfill our dream of sipping coffee in a coffee plantation in Java. We had images of strolling through the fields in pressed linen suits, as per the Kenko advert from the ’80’s.
We must have left the pressed linen behind somewhere, so we had to make do with our just-climbed-a-volcano clothes (think volcanic ash, sulphur stains, faint eggy smell). And it took quite a long time to find anyone to serve us in the coffee shop part of the plantation. And a bit longer to establish that we might want to buy some coffee.
Eventually, we were able to sip our cups of delicious, fresh, Java coffee, and to see the beans being grown.
However, buying some coffee to take away with us seemed like an impossible task. There was a glass cabinet fill of tea bags (!) with one lonely pack of Ijen Volcano Locally Produced Coffee in the corner. After much pointing and smiling, I managed to buy the pack. I tried to ask if they had any more (holding up 3 fingers, pointing, asking ‘You have more?’).
“Sorry, finished,” came the reply.
Like like trying to organise the proverbial party in a brewery, it seems that buying coffee in a coffee plantation is not as easy as it might sound.
Luckily, when you get to Sri Lanka, it’s much easier to buy tea from a tea plantation. Make sure you visit one.
Oh yes, we will! Do they have milk? I miss milk.
Yes they do – but it’s unpasturised!
Ah well, you can’t have it all!