East Java, Ijen, Arabica homestay
At Sempol 13 km before Pos Paltuding on the Bondowoso side, you find the Homestay Arabica a kilometer from the main road. The magnificent view is the main attraction. This guest house is of good value if you want to explore the coffee plantation or even parcticpate in picking coffee.
Arabica Homestay has three types of rooms, but all have their own bathroom with hot water and breakfast is included. You can also enjoy lunch and dinner at the homestay, but if you are looking for an alternative it is a one kilometre walk to the village Sempol where you can find several ‘warungs’.
Activities in the neighbourhood
One of the two factories at the coffee plantation is right beside the Arabica Homestay. If you book a tour in the main coffee picking season, that is in the months May until August, you will get a full package for Rp. 25,000 per person. In the morning you first visit the plantation where you can pick coffee yourself. After picking you weigh your harvest before it is brought by truck to the factory. After picking coffee you go back to Arabica Homestay where you can have lunch and a rest. Around 15.00 o’clock the coffee factory is open for visitors where you will be guided around to follow the bean untill it is ready to be transported to Surabaya. If the animal luwak is in a good condition, you have the opportunity to meet the animal who is responsible for the product ‘Coffee Luwak’, the most expensive coffee in the world. But, of course, you can visit and wander around the plantation yourself as well.
Just in front of the homestay, down the road, there is a strawberry garden. This garden got in operation in 2003. You can either enjoy it yourself, but if you are interested in the proces of home inudstry, you might take a tour for Rp. 20,000 per person (or Rp. 115,000 if 10 or more people). With just a few people they produce products like strawberry jam, sirup and dodol (a kind of sugar) and macadamia nuts.
On the way to the strawberry garden you see a swimming pool. It is said that the pool will be operational this year. But, they have been saying that already for a few years… If it is operational, the water is not heated but the surroundings will make up for it.
Rating Arabica Homestay
Would you like to book a room? Contact Ibu Minarsih +62 (0)813 3638 9597, Ibu Fury +62 (0)852 5847 6330 or Mas Khodier +62 (0)81 336 130 476. Room Rate (Rp.) No. of rooms
VIP room 270.000 4
Standard room 190.000 7
Economy room 140.000 12
Economy room triple 180.000 3 d.d. 30-04-2011, inclusive hot water and breakfast