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Kopi Luwak and Black Ivory Coffee: The Most Expensive Types of Coffee in The World

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In this world there are so many unique foods and drinks that come from every country. The uniqueness of this food and drink is often an attraction for other countries to visit to see the process of making and its unique taste. Because of this, many countries are competing to create unique food and beverage product innovations that can be recognized by people from other countries. Including in the field of coffee. Coffee itself is familiar to everyone and has become a universal drink in every country in the world. The original coffee taste has a bitter taste, but now there have been many modifications to the coffee blend, so there is also coffee that has a sweet and slightly sour taste. With a unique taste and distinctive aroma, coffee connoisseurs are increasing every year and as coffee connoisseurs increase, many coffee shops have sprung up. So the demand for coffee beans is also increasing rapidly. At first people enjoyed coffee with the aim of reducing drowsiness, but nowadays the purpose of people enjoying coffee is wider, such as starting activities, drinking with friends while relaxing and doing work to make them more concentrated and some people even make drinking coffee a lifestyle. This, of course, has to be seen from both sides, the positive side is that more coffee connoisseurs can increase sales and create more jobs. But the negative side of consuming too much coffee can be bad for health. Some diseases that can arise when consuming coffee exceeds the body’s tolerance limit, including insomnia, digestive problems, palpitations and headaches. Even though it has side effects, if you don’t consume too much coffee, it can be a drink that makes the mind relax.

There are many types of coffee in the world and they come from various countries. And for coffee lovers they will always want to taste the famous taste of coffee from each country to get personal satisfaction. Because usually people who like coffee have a tongue that is more sensitive and sensitive to the taste of coffee so they can give an assessment of whether the coffee tastes good or not. No wonder if a coffee can be priced very expensive if it is judged to have a uniqueness in terms of aroma, taste and manufacturing process. Among some of the most expensive types of coffee in the world, there are 2 types of coffee that come from animal waste and managed to become the most expensive coffee in the world. The meaning of animal waste here is that the animal is fed coffee and then it will be digested in the animal’s stomach and when the animal poops, the coffee beans will come out along with the animal waste, but the coffee beans are still intact or not crushed so they must be cleaned with special techniques to separates coffee beans from animal waste, before being processed into coffee that can be enjoyed. The 2 types of coffee that come from animal waste are black ivory coffee from Thailand and kopi luwak from Indonesia.

The first is black ivory coffee which is a type of arabica coffee. The price for this coffee is around $1000 per pound. Crowned as the most expensive coffee in the world because the process is quite complicated and unique, this is because this coffee comes from elephant dung. With the high price, this coffee can only be found in exclusive places. The reason why coffee is so expensive is because elephants have ineffective digestion. Of the approximately 33 kg of coffee beans that are fed, only 1 kg remains which can be further processed. In addition, the process of making coffee is quite long because elephants take about 15 hours (Joe Chang, 2017). For its own taste, this coffee has a unique taste and is not too bitter. This taste is created from the manufacturing process where elephant digestive enzymes can reduce the protein in coffee beans. Protein has a role to make coffee taste bitter. So the less protein in coffee, the lower the bitter taste. With a taste like this, elephant coffee can be combined with additional flavors or enjoyed with its original taste so that it makes the coffee taste even more delicious.

The second is kopi luwak. Kopi itself comes from Indonesian which means coffee, while luwak is civet. So this kopi luwak means coffee that comes from civet droppings. In the country of origin, kopi luwak comes from Java and Sumatra. kopi luwak costs around $160 per pound. The reason for the high cost of this coffee is because the process is quite complicated and its availability is not much. Civet has a unique habit of eating coffee, he only wants to eat coffee that is good quality so that the civet will choose good quality beans for himself. The fruit that is eaten will be digested by these animals, strangely the digestion of these animals cannot destroy the layer of coffee, only the flesh and skin of the fruit. Furthermore, the seeds will undergo a fermentation process (Sasame Coffee, nd). For its own taste, this coffee has a subtle and not too sour taste with a delicious distinctive aroma. This coffee has been exported to many countries and many coffee lovers like the taste of this kopi luwak. But there are also some who don’t like it because they can’t tolerate the process of making civet coffee. Like coffee that comes from elephant dung, civet coffee is also processed by repeated washing processes to ensure its cleanliness so that it is safe for consumption.

Black ivory coffee and kopi luwak are two proud products of their country of origin. Because the type of coffee that has become worldwide and managed to become the most expensive coffee in the world helped raise the names of the two countries, namely Thailand and Indonesia. There are still many unique and delicious types of coffee that we may not know about. In the future, it is undeniable that other unique coffees from various countries will appear following the culture of that country. Given the rapid advances in technology nowadays, it is possible to create new products resulting from the innovation of scientists that can be processed by entrepreneurs and marketed widely.

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Enjoy a staycation at Casa De Amor, Goa

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A dream destination in itself, Goa has serene palm trees, untouched roads, open blue skies and cafes galore to explore. On the south western coast of India, Goa creates a habitat for birds and natural beauty, making for an ideal staycation in the middle of nature. Casa De Amor is a gift from Mars Hospitality to Goa. With its stunning blue and white exterior amidst palm trees, an open green space outside and peacocks dancing during monsoons, there is no place you would rather be in Goa if you are looking for a quiet hideout.

Goa tends to get loud in the evenings with nightclubs and party-ragers. Casa De Amor is the ideal destination because its located at a quiet spot away from the parties, yet at an accessible distance by scooters or cars. It is great for families and couples alike. Here are 5 reasons why Casa De Amor must be on your staycation bucket list in Goa, especially if you are visiting Goa from a location internationally.

1. Enjoy a private Santorini like villa – Santorini like shades – blue and white, form the soothing exterior of the villa. The interior is calm with soothing shades of white and blue again paralleled with occasional paintings on the walls reminding travelers of the hidden beauty that exists in the world, yet to explore. The space has a calming effect like no other. You could lie in bed and see the palm trees growing against the blue skies. A serene view lies in wait for you.

2. Great food by a chef from Gordon House, Mumbai – All Stir Fry is one of my favorite restaurants in Mumbai. Their Chinese and Asian cuisine is to die for. When I learned that a chef from Gordon House in Mumbai curates special food for guests at Casa De Amor, it wasn’t tough for me to extend my stay for a longer duration at the pristine villa. One thing I need on all my trips is delicious food. The breakfast pancakes and curated meals made my trip to Goa even more eventful.

3. Private pool outside the villa – One thing we all love is open, free, green space that gives us space for new ideas and creativity. Casa De Amor has a private garden space outside the villa and a private pool with cute duck statues and romantic lamps around. It makes for a perfect getaway. I enjoyed eating pancakes in the verandah outside the villa. A little quiet space never hurt nobody. It definitely helped me better with my sense of peace. I played board games outside and enjoyed the scenery around.

4. Places to explore around – Since Casa De Amor is located in Anjuna, it is at the center of everything artistic and Goan around. You could explore beaches around and detox as the waves crash by your feet. You could also visit key popular cafes like Artjuna. Cream Choc, Goa’s most famous ice cream parlor is also at walking distance from Casa De Amor.

5. Carefully designed spaces to make memories – Be it board games or a curated collection of movies or a good set of speakers just at the perfect place to dance, Casa De Amor makes for a perfect stay – be it with family, friends or just your other half. You would want to bring them here to make some core memories for life with them. Having been to destinations across India, I have come across very few spaces that are designed so thoughtfully.

Be it a trip with family, friends or the person you love, Casa De Amor has a treasure filled box of memories in store for you. It has a private appeal where you can get away from your worries and disturbances. It is a place worth turning off your phone for so you can bond and connect with the people you are with. A state of peaceful flow is achieved while one is sitting outside in the garden with a coconut sipping on its water and reflecting on life. A perfect destination for a much needed break. And did I mention peacocks? You can spot peacocks dancing in the rain during monsoons.

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Andaz Delhi – A runway staycation

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From my most recent Delhi vacation, I can predominantly remember the runway I could see clearly from my room at Andaz Delhi. With stunning modern interiors, a quirky set-up in the room and a view to die for – semi-modernistic with a touch of tech-geeky. I loved the view from my room while on my weekend staycation. I remember working on my laptop on the slouching study table where the couch was as big as a side bed and I could relax, work, relax again before getting to work.

Here are some highlights of the trip which were to die for.

1.Food at AnnaMaya – The food at AnnaMaya, the restaurant on the group floor of Andaz Delhi was a memorable experience with long buffet spread in the evening with great options of Indian, continental and modern cuisines. The dessert counter was definitely a delight where we felt like a part of Alice in Wonderland with a colourful spread of desserts. Blueberry ice cream with a splash of sprinkles please!

2.Kombucha with a side of work from home – Since I don’t drink alcohol, I definitely live for the strong flavours in kombucha – fruity and sodalicious. It was a delight to enjoy an entire bottle of Kombucha while I sat in Anna Maya during the day and enjoyed working on my laptop in the afternoon. Being a coffee addict, I am sure one of those people who are in love with afternoon coffee, specially while working because it wakes me up. But the Kombucha at Anna Maya was a clear winner and it woke me up. Overall, it was lovely to be working in the middle of Anna Maya where every second table had a serious meeting going on with some casual food on the side. Definitely a Work From Home scene like they have in London.

3.Shower away to glory – I’m not into showers. Period. I am a bath tub person but you will be surprised, my shower experience at Andaz changed that. With colors like black and silver in the shower area, I felt strangely relaxed like I was in the mountains despite being in the middle of a city like Delhi.

4.Swim away the Delhi heat – The swimming pool at Andaz is almost like a pool in Goa, surrounded by lush green trees inspired by a tropical rainforest. The elements of green around the pool are strangely calming. We all know what a fast lived experience it is to be living in Delhi. You should definitely relax by the pool on your staycation to swim away the heat.

5.Quirky décor in the lobby – The first thing that I ever notice about any hotel I visit in any corner of the world is its lobby. I carefully pay attention to the lighting and the design. The sprawling lobby at Andaz with colorful and bold elements alike, representing India in its diverse cultural sense is crafted inspiringly. I couldn’t help but look around the lobby and gape at the quirky elements around. Even the lighting was crafted interestingly. Every evening I spent time in the lobby and even interacted with some foreigners who were there for business. The lobby was indeed a melting point.

6.Exploring Aerocity at an arm’s length – Aerocity is literally the hub of Delhi where cafes, shopping and loads of other experiences are located. Living around five minutes walking distance away from Aerocity was interesting because I could explore different cafes and shopping around there. Moreover, at night, I could go to party and pick from some select different nightclubs.

7.Brunch brunch brunch – What’s the best thing about Sunday? It’s brunch. What’s the best thing about anyday when you’re working from home? It’s brunch. I would definitely recommend you to try the brunch at Anna Maya. They have a great a-la-carte menu and you would not want to miss out while you are here.

Andaz Delhi  truly created an “At-home” feel for me.

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Your best vacation begins with VAN

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Islands such as Hawaii can not but attract with their beauty. It is famous for its chic beaches, beautiful cliffs and rainforests. It is possible both to walk on foot and to travel by car. The list of attractions and activities of this place is very large. However, to fully see the island of Kauai, one of the Hawaiian Islands you may need a car. And not an ordinary sedan, but a large and cool minivan. Yes, it is, because for convenient movement with family or friends you need a lot of space. Thanks to VAN rental Kauai, you will be able to fully plan your trip around the island and experience unforgettable emotions. Do you need a minibus rental service? Then, first of all, you need to check all available suppliers, their requirements, conditions and costs of services. They must necessarily be reliable, affordable and of high quality. By having a comfortable van, you not only save time, but also maximize your holiday experience. There are different makes and models of vans, depending on your needs and goals. You can always choose the right option for you and your companions. Be sure you will really like the island with the windows of a spacious and comfortable van.

How can I get the VAN in Kauai ?

There are plenty of rental deals on the island, but you need to select the most reliable one. To do this, it will be convenient for you to choose from the list of proposed companies. We recommend picking CARNGO. After that, you will need to make a deal with the company. How does this happen here? Here are a few steps:

  1. You choose a specific machine that suits your requirements. The list of vans is quite large from the Jeep Cherokee to the Nissan Frontier Pickup. Do not forget that their cost can vary greatly, depending on the price of the car, its consumption and date of purchase. The price for a car starts from $ 35 per day and can reach $ 50-60. When choosing a car, you can also rely on customer reviews, it helps a lot when making a final decision.
  2. Decide on the place where you will pick up the van, as well as at what time it will be more convenient for you. It is worth noting that car rental companies consider the cost for their services daily, that is, it will be more profitable for you to pick up and give the car at the same time. Since if you stay for example for one hour, and the hourly duration of the lease will be 25 hours, you will be charged money for 2 days. 
  3. The last step is to meet with the manager, who will arrange legal issues with you and transfer the keys. That’s it, the rental process is complete, you can start enjoying your journey.

What are the rules and restrictions for the driver ?

So, you have finally decided that you can’t see your vacation without renting a van. Surely in your head you are wondering what I need to know or get in order to easily arrange a car rental service. Therefore, the following are a few requirements and rules for your familiarization:

  • First, of course, you must have a valid driver’s license. Also, you must have an open category for driving a car with passengers. But, it is worth noting that this is not a professional category, as for driving a bus with a large number of passengers. Van provides less than 9 seats for passengers, so a special category is not required.
  • Your driving experience must be at least one year. In case it is still smaller, you will be asked to take with you an additional driver, more experienced. For him, unfortunately, you will need to pay a certain fee. We advise you to foresee this moment and make sure in advance that you have driving experience.
  • The driver’s age is also regulated. You must be at least 21 years old, and also, if you are under the age of 25, you will need to pay an additional payment. The amount of the payment can vary from 35 to 45 dollars per day. An additional payment is charged for safety reasons, since the risk of getting into an accident in a young driver increases significantly. Of course, you can rent a car if you are not 21, but it will definitely not be a VAN.
  • You have 2 options for paying for rental services. Cash or credit card. In the second case, you need to make sure that you have enough money in the account to pay for the service.
  • The driver’s license must comply with the international model, be readable and presentable. Just imagine, you are entrusted with a whole house on wheels for 9 people, this is very serious. Therefore, the requirements for documents are very high.
  • Insurance. Usually, the car you rent is already insured. But, there are cases when you have to buy insurance yourself, or you want to register it for yourself and your family, worrying about the safety of your lives. In this case, you have several options for insurance, which you can either familiarize yourself with on the spot or read on the company’s website. This question should not be overlooked, as it is very important. This is the safety of not only material property, but also your lives. In this life, no one is safe from accidents.

Choosing a van rental company in Kauai is quite a serious decision. The future comfort and safety of your upcoming trip depends on it. If you want to get a lot of pleasure and impressions, you need to think through all the issues in advance so that unpleasant situations do not arise on the spot. After all, if you do not manage to get the desired car and go on the road, you will be very upset. Mood is important. And by choosing the right company and the right minivan you will be in the good mood, especially with CARNGO.

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