The Jakarta Post
Liberica coffee from Kendal, Central Java, has been turning the heads of coffee fans for its jackfruit aroma and rarity. (Shutterstock/File)
Liberica coffee from Kendal, Central Java, has been turning the heads of coffee fans for its jackfruit aroma and rarity.
Originally from the African nation of Liberia, the Kendal liberica coffee was brought in by the Dutch and is considered rare given its long, tall stem, reports kompas.com. Because of this, farmers are said to have a hard time harvesting the coffee.
“It is sought after by many coffee fans, especially since the coffee is often featured in the media because of its jackfruit aroma,” says Widodo, a coffee farmer from Mlatiharjo village in Platean district, Kendal.
Liberica coffee costs from Rp 24,000 (US$1.65) to Rp 26,000 per kilogram, compared to the robusta type, which sells for Rp 23,000 to Rp 24,000, and the arabica at Rp 30,000 to Rp 40,000.
“Compared to last year, the price of coffee increased by 25 percent. This is because of good weather, making it possible to dry the coffee,” says Widodo.
Hardjito from Kendal Agriculture, Livestock and Plantation Agency, says liberica coffee is becoming popular in cafes, unlike years ago when many farmers found it difficult to market the coffee.
Kendal itself is home to many large coffee farms, with the liberica coffee growing in highlands such as Singorojo, Limbangan, Boja, Patean, Sukorejo, Plantungan and Pageruyung. (anm/kes)