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Friday, November 20, 2015

Most of Indonesia`s coffee exports go to U.S.

Thu, July 11 2013 20:51

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Most of Indonesia`s coffee exports have gone to the US which is one of the countries that has high coffee consumption rate.

“Around 85 to 90 percent of our coffee exports are absorbed by the US market,” an official of the Directorate General of Foreign Trade of the ministry of foreign affairs, Zulfikar, said at a press conference at the Indonesian Coffee Festival here on Thursday.

In 2012 his office recorded Indonesia`s coffee exports reached 320 tons or increased by eight percent from last year.

He said the US is one of the world`s biggest potential coffee market although that country is not among the world`s biggest coffee consumers.

However “compared to other countries, the US is one of the biggest coffee consumer,” he said.

Emphasizing the US potential, he said, if 200 million of around 320 million of its population drink two cups of coffee a day coffee consumption in the US would be huge.

Zulfikar said his office had pushed coffee producing centers in the country to increase their productivity because “our productivity is still low compared to that of other countries.”

Productivity in Indonesia is estimated at only one tons per hectare while that of Vietnam has reached four tons, he said.

“We can catch up. We still have a lot of lands for coffee plantations,” he said.

Right now coffee plantations in the country are recorded at 1.3 million hectares spreading in Aceh, North Sumatra, Lampung, West Java, Central Java, Bali, East Nusa Tenggara, South Sulawesi and Papua.

(Reporting by Hanni Sofia)
Editor: Ella Syafputri


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A Recipe For “The Perfect Cup”!

SO… How can you find the world’s best coffee,
at a reasonable price, and then enjoy it with absolute overflowing satisfaction?

English: Roasted coffee beans photographed usi...

English: Roasted coffee beans photographed using a macro technique. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ok, Ok, so What EXACTLY IS the World’s Best Coffee?

There are six factors to consider when searching for “The Perfect Cup”, at least two of which are often overlooked. The good news is that the path to “Coffee Nirvana” is real. I mean, at least in my humble opinion, it does exist. The bad news is…you can screw it up almost anywhere along the way! (Much like life, grasshoppoh…) The factors are as follows:

1) Your coffee roaster/retailer must start with the very best quality green coffee beans obtainable.

2) It must be purchased fresh roasted AND whole bean from a reputable roasting company.

3) You must know what your favorite coffees are.

4) It must be properly stored.

5) It must be properly ground.

6) It must be properly brewed.

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New standard required for PNG specialty coffee – expert


THERE is greater need for an approved specialty coffee standard in Papua New Guinea if producers are to benefit financially in the international gourmet coffee market trade.

That was the advice by a visiting international coffee expert from Japan, Hidetaka Hayashi during a two-day visit to Goroka, Eastern Highlands province.

Mr Hayashi is the executive director of the Specialty Coffee Association of Japanese and a World renown coffee taster with a long history dating back to 1962. He is also a member of five international panel of judges in the “Cup of Excellence Program”, started by the International Trade Centre (ITC) in 1999 following interests from the world’s quality conscious roasters.

Mr Hayashi’s trip to PNG was organised by Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) in collaboration with the Investment Promotion Authority (IPA) and the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC).

Mr Hayashi spent two days in Eastern Highlands where he visited the CIC’s research division at Aiyura as well as coffee estates in the Kainantu area. He also conducted two workshops on Tuesday attended by smallholder producers and exporters respectively.

He also had an opportunity to taste coffee samples from around the country and make expert assessment on the cup taste to determine flavour and quality of the coffee.

Mr Hayashi in his presentation stated that there are different criteria to judge and differentiate specialty coffee from the common or traditional coffee. The criteria and cupping form for the common coffee which is currently practiced by PNG are to check and examine defects and taints of coffee, mainly and accurately. On the other hand, specialty coffee is judged and differentiated by flavour profile of cup quality.

Additionally, Mr Hayashi request PNG coffee producers to be cautious in cultivating their coffee and apply correct harvesting and processing techniques to maintain quality from seed to the green bean.

He stated that the common coffee in the current world trade is under severe competition from high commercial premium coffee and specialty coffee.

According to Mr Hayashi, the current main-stream market which the industry is targeting for the common coffee is stagnant, therefore, an option PNG should look at is specialty markets in the United States and Japan which is on an upward trend.

The Chief Executive Officer of the CIC, Ricky Mitio in his welcome address on Tuesday stated that the CIC is not trying to jeopardise the existing traditional markets. However, priority is placed on quality as an avenue to getting premium price to producers.

“In order to escape the declining trend in the traditional market, improvement of quality level is very necessary,” Mr Mitio stated.

Managing Director of the Kongo Coffee Limited, a nationally own coffee exporting company in his address urged local PNG producers to organize themselves to connect to the specialty market.

Mr Kapka stated that Mr Hayashi is a very important person in the world specialty coffee trade and the coffee industry in the country must acknowledge the contribution he is making, especially his advice.

Kongo Coffee was able to break into the tough Japanese specialty coffee market through technical assistance from Mr Hayashi.


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Indonesian coffee producers participate in London coffee festival

Tue, April 30 2013 17:34 |

London (ANTARA News) – Some Indonesian coffee producers have participated in London Coffee Festival (LCF) held at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, here, April 25 to 28, 2013.

Trade Attache of the Indonesian Embassy in London Merry Maryati said here on Tuesday, Indonesia was one of the world`s biggest coffee producers in the LCF that brought some special coffees like Flores coffee from Bajawa, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara and Baliem Coffee from Papua as well as other various of robusta and arabica types.

“This is the first time that Indonesia joined the LCF which was supported by the agriculture ministry and the Indonesian embassy in London and was participated in by PT Kopi Kamu, PT Wahana Pronatural, PT Coffindo, and PT Bandar Kopi,” she said.

Those producers were also brought Gayo coffee (Aceh), Limtong coffee (Sumatera), Toraja coffee (Sulawesi), Java Preanger (Java), Kintamani coffee (Bali), and Luwak coffee.

“We brought sealed powder coffee, roasted bean and green been of the various types,” she said.

Maryati added through the LCF, hopefully the Indonesian coffee producers would reach wider market and build networking and partnership in the coffee industry.

“Further, we hope Indonesia could increase the coffee exports to UK, and promote various types of Indonesian coffee to global market,” she said.

The LCF was the flagship event of UK Coffee Week and celebrates London`s bustling and vibrant coffee scene that participated by over 15,000 coffee lovers and foodies, professional baristas (coffee makers), coffee shop owners and top decision-makers in coffee industries.

The festival was featured artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls, tastings, demonstrations from world-class baristas, live entertainment and music in the uniquely themed zones.
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Bandung to host “Road to Indonesia Coffee Festival”

Thu, December 15 2011 00:42 | Antara

Bandung, W.Java (ANTARA News) – Bandung, West Java`s provincial capital, will host a Road to Indonesia Coffee Festival on December 23, 2011, as a precursor to an Indonesian Coffee Festival in Bali next year, the event`s initiator said.

“Bandung which was the first region in Indonesia to host ​coffee plantations will have the honor of hosting the Road to Indonesia Coffee festival,” Yanthi Tambunan said here Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian Coffee Festival will be held in Bali in early 2012. The festival was expected to be a haven for coffee lovers in Indonesia.

According to Yanthi, Bandung was chosen to host the Indonesian Coffee Festival`s pre-event because of its history in coffee cultivation and trade that had brought it high prestige.

Bandung also played a significance role in the development of coffee in Indonesia because the first coffee plantations in Indonesia were established in the Bandung region by Peter Eugelhard during the Dutch colonial period, Coffee grown in the Bandung region later became known world-wide as Java Coffee, she said.

Based on this history, Bandung which has a cold climate, had a great potentials for coffee business both packaged coffee and coffee treats in cafes.

“The Road to Indonesia Coffee Festival will educate the public about coffee,” Yanthi said.

Indonesia is currently the world`s biggest coffee producer after Brazil and Vietnam. Indonesia`s current coffee production stands at 200 thousand tons per year.

Ideally with this high production Indonesia no longer needed to import coffee. With growth of 10 percent of the local production, it would be sufficient to meet the domestic needs, Yanthi said.

“Indonesia`s coffee export potential is still large including to Japan, Germany, Italy, UK and U.S. However, usually the coffee exported comes back to Indonesia under a foreign label,” she said.

The current upswing in the coffee price was related from the rainy season. The coffee price in the market was now around Rp80.000 per kilogram. (*)
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Bali to host Indonesian coffee festival

Nurfika Osman, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Bali | Tue, August 28 2012, 6:46 PM

Bali is to host the Indonesian Coffee Festival in Ubud on Sept. 15 to 16 this year to better promote Indonesian coffee and make the country a coffee hub for the world.

Tourism and Creative Economy Deputy Minister Sapta Nirwandar said that the festival would be one of the most important tourist events of 2012 as the ministry was currently developing culinary tourism.

“Cuisine, including coffee, is strongly related to tourism, and Indonesian coffee is among the best in the world. Thus, we want more people to know our coffee better by conducting this festival,” Sapta told reporters in Jakarta on Tuesday.

“We also want to make kopi tubruk [ground coffee beans served with scalding hot water] and kopi luwak [civet coffee] more popular through the festival.”

Tuti Mochtar, a member of the festival committee, who is also a coffee producer, said there would be 40 booths in the festival serving all kinds of coffee varieties from across the country from Aceh to Papua.

In addition, she said the festival would be a place for coffee farmers, coffee producers, the Indonesian chamber of commerce and industry (Kadin) and some of the world’s best coffee distributors to meet.

“This is a good promotional tool for our coffee and we believe the event will be successful,” she said.

She said the people who came to the festival could participate in coffee and barista workshops.

“We will also have an agricultural tourism program by visiting a coffee plantation in Ubud,” she added. (swd)


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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Papua Arabica and Papua Robusta: Arabica is more Familiar

According to Selion Karoba, the chair of Koperasi Serba Usaha Baliem Arabica (Bailem Arabica Cooperative), western half of New Guinea (Papua and Papua Barat provinces of Indonesia) is more familiar with Arabica coffee.

Karoba notes
Papuan people know coffee is arabica. Even they will call coffee equals to arabica, and when you give them a robusta coffee, they will say, this arabica coffee is called robusta. Coffee is not separated from Arabica in the understanding of all Papuans.
When asked about whether or not this part of the world has some Robusta Coffee plantation, Karoba says that there are some Robusta Coffee trees around, but we cannot categorize them as plantation, because there are only a few trees around. For example, we can see robusta coffee trees around the Baliem Blue Coffee Warehouse in Kampung Harapan, Sentani Timur, Jayapura, Papua Province.

Theese Robusta Coffee trees were planted by the Kampung Harapan Agriculture Vocational School (SPMA Kampung Harapan) just as samples for teaching the students. They also have some coco trees in the same areas.

Karoba says,
There is also a need for Robusta Coffee plantation, but we need to properly manage arabica business and expand more into the highlands, before even thinking about robusta coffee. We need to optimize outcome of what we have first before talking about what we do not have right now. 
Robusta Coffee is not that familiar. Arabica coffee is familiar all around the Isle of New Guinea.

Papua Arabica consists of Many SIngle Origins

Papua Arabica Coffee consists of many single origins, but in Indonesia it is regarded as one single origin, that is, Papua Single Origin.

By the way, Papua is three times England in size, but coffee plantations and coffee business have been unknown until recently. In western part of New Guinea, Papua and Papua Barat provinces, it is only since 2007 that people here started doing business with coffee trees that we already have here since the Dutch colonial era.

They Dutch colonial power planted the coffee, but they did not explain how to process the coffee. Papuans knew that it was coffee, but we did not know how to process it from the forests into a cup of coffee.

After tens of years, then in 2007 a cooperative was set up in the highlands of West Papua (Papua province) under the assistance of AMARTA - USAID.

The coop Chair Ev. Selion Karoba, S.Th. says since then the Coop has exported Green Beans, Wamena Single Origin to the United States. Official export was made by the provincial government in December 2009, in Makasar International Port.

Mr. Karoba says, we only export Wamena Single Origin today, but we are looking forward to export many other single origins in years to come, such as follows

  1. Wamena Single Origin
  2. Dogiyai Single Origin
  3. Goroka Single Origin
  4. Deiyai Single Origin
  5. Arfak Single Origin
  6. Hagen Single Origin
  7. Sigri Single Origin
  8. Star Mountains Single Origin
and many others.