KAMPOENG Kopi Banaran, a tourist location in the middle of a coffee plantation in Semarang Regency, is getting more and more crowded. This place is indeed interesting because it is an agro tourism area covering an area of ​​39.11 hectares which is overgrown with robusta coffee plants.

At an altitude of 480-600 meters above sea level, making this place hilly that has a steep path. This is the path that the Jakarta Media Children Association participants have recently tried to enjoy.

By driving a jeep and a special car for Kampoeng Kopi Banaran tourism, the trail in the middle of the coffee plantation begins. The narrow asphalt road snaking between the coffee plants is slowly intruded. Unfortunately, at that time the coffee harvest was complete, so there were no ripe red coffee cherries. Only the lush lamtoro protected trees make the atmosphere cooler.

When it had just rained, this made the stone road even more slippery. Some jeeps are a little difficult to climb the incline. But all can be resolved thanks to the cooperation between the jeeps by pulling each other. Passengers can use this opportunity to take photos with various backgrounds.

Even if they have to be shaken on slippery roads, passengers can still enjoy the trip, because all the drivers of these field vehicles are experienced. In fact, while driving, they explained how the coffee is picked, then collected at the available shelters. From certain angles, visitors can see Rawa Pening in the distance.

Even in the middle of the flowering coffee season, you will smell the fragrant aroma of coffee flowers. This 5-kilometer-long route is usually completed in about 40 minutes. There is a package at a cost of IDR250 thousand per car, as many as 4 passengers can walk along the path in the cool coffee plantation. If you are not satisfied, you can take the 1-hour package at a cost of IDR500 thousand for 4 to 5 passengers in one vehicle.

For visitors from out of town, getting to the location of Kampoeng Kopi Banaran is quite easy. The location is on the edge of the main Semarang-Solo highway. If you come from Semarang, then when you arrive at Bawen, Semarang Regency, the location of the coffee plantation is on the right.

Touring the coffee plantation with an off-road model is one of the facilities provided by the manager of the tourist spot. It is PT Dyandra Banaran Nusantara (DBN) which is a Dyandra & Co group under the auspices of Kompas Gramedia, trusted by PT Perkebunan Nusantara IX (PTPN IX) to manage Kampoeng Kopi Banaran owned by PTPN IX.

“We are revitalizing several infrastructures and facilities, including Banaran Sky View, Mushola, Jogging Tracks and Bike Trails areas that can be enjoyed by the running and cycling community,” said Kampoeng Kopi Banaran General Manager, Frina Bonita.

She explained that this place also provides other rides such as flying fox, outbound locations, and villas. In addition, Banaran Coffee Camp is also available as a camping-themed inn in the middle of a coffee plantation with panoramic views of the mountains and Rawa Pening.

Banaran Sky View Kampoeng Kopi Banaran, under the management of DBN, regularly issues new, unique menus that can only be found at Kampoeng Kopi Banaran. Some of the signature menus offered by Banaran Sky View include Banaran Coffee Fried Rice and Grilled Chicken with BBQ Coffee Sauce for food, Mochalava Signature as a dessert option, and at Sky Blue drinks that can be enjoyed while accompanied by live music.

“Enjoying the excitement of this tourist destination, you also still have to be disciplined in maintaining health protocols such as maintaining distance, wearing masks, and diligently washing hands,” Frina Bonita concluded. []