Today you will explore Ubud and its surrounding area. Drive up to Tampak Siring and visit Tirta Empul and Gunung Kawi Temple.
Then, return to Ubud and enjoy lunch at the local restaurant, Babi Guling Bu Oka. This place is well-known for its special Balinese roasted suckling pig.
After lunch, enjoy two hours of coffee workshop in Ubud area. The workshop include: home brewing, roasting demonstration, cupping, espresso introduction and milk and latte art.
Learn how to be a home barista! Choose a method of manual brewing from pour-over, chemex, aeropress, syphon, french press, ‘Bialetti’ style moka stove pot. Practical advice and instruction to improve your coffee making skills.
Our Head Roaster will take you through a journey from green bean through the roasting process with explanation of the philosophy, equipment, techniques, and the resulting roasted beans.
- Cupping: Be a sensory judge and experience the industries standardized technique for evaluating a coffees quality and characteristics and scores.
- Espresso Introduction: A simplified entry into espresso. It’s a complicated subject, with techniques and adjustments that take time to master. This workshop is an introduction to the basics of the theory and the practical use of the espresso machine and grinder to optimize the extracted shot.
- Milk and Latte Art: Learn how to correctly steam milk to texturize, sweeten, stretch, and then pour to create simple and more advanced latte art.
After the aromatic coffee workshop, return to your hotel and spend the rest of the day free at your own leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Sankara Ubud Resort – Deluxe Room
Note: Sights and places you will visit
All Balinese will make regular pilgrimages to Tirta Empul. They come seeking to cleanse themselves spiritually and to cure their physical ailments by bathing in the holy springs, which have been considered the most sacred in Bali ever since the tenth century, if not longer.
The shallow red-brick bathing pools are sunk into the ground of the outer courtyard of a temple, fed by water from the springs in the inner sanctuary. Men, women and priests each have their own segregated sections in which to immerse themselves, though most modern devotees just splash their faces and smile for the camera.
Gunung Kawi refers to a site of a series of 11th century tombs cut out from the rock face. To reach it, you have to walk down a steep flight of some three hundred steps, through a massive rock-hewn archway, all the way to the sacred Pakrisan River. It`s an impressive spot, completely enshrined in a lush valley.
There are lots of theories about the origins and function of the Gunung Kawi tombs or candi, as they are also considered as sacred temples. Most probably they were erected as memorials to kings from a long lost era – possibly the 11th century – and their queens. Before crossing the river, turn sharp left for the Queens` Tombs, a series of four huge, square-tiered reliefs, chiseled from the riverside cliff face to resemble temple facades.
After crossing the Pakrisan River, you enter the actual Gunung Kawi temple complex, which contains an unusual cloister, complete with courtyard, rooms and cells, entirely cut from the ravine rock wall. This was probably built for the holy men who looked after the five royal tombs at the back of the temple complex. These are in better condition than the Queens` Tombs, and you can see the false doors and facades quite clearly defined.