When in Bali you may have the opportunity to get away from the beaches or the crowds in Ubud and a visit to Seribatu village and Mount Batur; a volcano is a nice option.
The villagers here, plant coffee, chocolate, cloves, vanilla, jackfruit, snake skinned fruit, durian, and pineapple, among other items. My brother in law is a chef and he wanted me to buy some vanilla pods for him, which are apparently quite cheap here and horrendously expensive in Australia.
So off we went….. of course my dearly beloved forgot to actually ask anything sensible, like how far away is it ? (2-3 hours from Kuta) and we had a plane to catch in the afternoon, so we drive all morning, stopped for 30 mins and then drove like maniacs all afternoon to get back to airport in time, which made this a rather flying visit.
At the coffee plantation, one can avail of the free coffee tasting. We tried Bali coffee, ginseng coffee, hot chocolate, ginger tea, lemon grass tea. They also grow tobacco here and thus the jar contains some and they also included free cigarettes for ‘tasting’. (it is Indonesia, after all!)