The Jakarta Post
The Indonesia Tea Brewing Competition will be held in Jakarta, with two categories of Classic Hot Tea Brewing and Creative Tea Brewing. (Shutterstock/AL Ho)
Tea lovers, get ready for the very first tea brewing competition in Indonesia.
The Indonesia Tea Brewing Competition is slated to be held on Nov. 23-24 at JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta, by the Association of Indonesia Specialty Tea (AISTea). Tea masters from various tea plantations throughout Indonesia, tea specialists, chefs and culinary experts will act as judges in the competition.
AISTea’s public relations and tea sommelier, Ratna Somantri, said in a statement that each contestant would receive a set of teas consisting of specialty tea, which is “a quality tea with unique characters from assorted plantations in Indonesia”. These plantations are located in provinces such as Bengkulu, West Sumatra, Banten, West Java, Central Java and Bali.
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AISTea is an association in which special tea enthusiasts in Indonesia can exchange information, collaborate, promote and expand the specialty tea market. Ratna said even though Indonesia had various specialty tea plantations with distinct individuality, Indonesian specialty tea was not considered renowned in the public’s eyes.
“Through AISTea, we want to show that tea from tea plantations in our homeland are also of high quality,” she said.
There are two categories in this competition, namely Classic Hot Tea Brewing and Creative Tea Brewing or Tea Mixologist. Registration is open to the public from Oct. 17 to Nov. 14, with a fee of Rp 100,000 (US$6.5). Winners of each category will receive prize money of Rp 5 million ($328), Rp 2 million, and Rp 1 million for first, second, and third place, respectively. (iru/wng)