Banaran Coffee Village (Kampoeng Kopi Banaran) is a coffee shop where you can relish the flavour of original coffee produced by one of the government plantations - PT. Perkebunan Nusantara IX (PTPN IX). The decreasing coffee price around the world between 1998 and 2001 made PTPN IX decide to do other business; in 2002 they built a coffee processing industry at Bawen, Gemawang Village, Semarang, Central Java as a display window for processed coffee.
Banaran Coffee Village is located at a coffee plantation area, with the height of 400 to 600 metres (1,312 to 1,968 feet) above sea level. The cool weather, with temperatures between 23ºC and 27ºC (73ºF and 80ºF), means this place can be the right place to take a rest for everyone who travels through Bawen.
Cool resting places around the coffee plantation for kids and the whole family
In Banaran, you can take a rest and relax at the indoor cafe or outdoor wood-gazebo area while watching your kids playing. The extent of the yard makes several visitors choose to sit under the big tree with their family and enjoy the fresh and cool weather.
At the coffee village there are also fruit gardens that you can visit. You can ride a horse or ATV to explore the plantation, and there is also a flying fox for kids and adults. At the other west side, there are tennis courts, a swimming pool and an area for outbound games where kids are given the challenge to walk on the bamboo bridge, get across the shaking bridge or climb the wall.
Various menu items with coffee and local food
Beside coffee, this place provides other choices for drinks, such as tea and fruit juice, and meals made from fish, chicken, or vegetables with affordable prices. Most of the dishes are Javanese foods, such as pecel (boiled vegetables with spicy peanut sauce), Javanese fried noodles, and also lighter meals, such as honey-fried banana, fried cassava, crispy mushrooms, and many others.
One of the favourite menu items is Banaran cappuccino (18,000 IDR or 1.5 USD), which is made by the number one coffee extract mixed with fresh milk and processed at a high temperature. You can choose light meals with a price range between 5,500 IDR (0.4 USD) and 10,000 IDR (0.75 USD) to enjoy with your coffee.
Go around the coffee plantations by mini train
The interesting part of this place is that you can explore the plantation with your family by mini train. You just pay 60,000 IDR (4.5 USD) and the mini train, with driver, takes you around the coffee plantations for 30 minutes. The driver is also a guide, who explains about the coffee, the plantation, the company and answers any questions about what you want to know. It is a pleasurable journey because you can enjoy the wonderful views of the green hilly coffee plantations and feel the fresh cool weather.
Bring the coffee away as a souvenir
Banaran Coffee Village has souvenirs such as coffee powder, with several types and prices. The most expensive one is luwak coffee, that costs 60,000 IDR (4.6 USD) for 10 grams and 350,000 IDR (26.7 USD) for 100 grams. They also have a special product from their plantation called Banaran premium. It is processed from arabica and robusta coffee beans. With exclusive packaging, coffee from Banaran can be a special souvenir for friends and family.
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