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We have more than our fair share of Starbucks here in Asia, but there is none that offers a unique and interactive experience quite like the newly opened Coffee Sanctuary in Bali. Located 30 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport, this store, opened on the 12th of January, achieves the title of the “largest Starbucks destination in Southeast Asia”. The sanctuary delivers customers an experimental experience where the seed-to-cup process is visible first hand.
You’ll begin your journey walking through a 100 square meter coffee tree farm, which is an average size of farms found in Bali. Then bask in the beauty of the modern Balinese landscaping, an area more than suitable to capture your perfect instagram photo. Later, watch your favourite bean undergo the process of de-pulping right before your eyes. Then get hands on with washing, drying and raking green coffee beans.
The coffee lovers will now reach their favourite segment of the tour; the tasting. Indulge yourself in cups of the most rare and exotic coffees the company has on offer to get your taste buds tingling in all the right ways. Though this isn’t where the tasting ends, head upstairs and enjoy coffee exactly like the professionals – zero filter, just coffee and water. This method of drinking coffee promises to evoke the lighter notes of flavour and thus further draw out the distinctions that separate each cup from one another.
On this same level view the open-air greenhouse which serves as a seedling canopy to excel your understanding of how the famed coffee tree grows. Here, a local Balinese coffee farmer will answer all and any question you might have about the $100 billion dollar coffee industry. To finish the day off, treat yourself to some of the store exclusive drinks available at the core bar, like the Lavender Latte, House Affogato, Cold Brew Malt, and many more, including your favourite Starbucks classics.