North Sumatra to host coffee festival in Lake Toba
Lake Toba in North Sumatra is set to host Toba Coffee Festival 2017 at Sipinsur Park for two days starting Dec. 2.
North Sumatra Deputy Governor Nurhajizah said the province's coffee is one of the most well known coffees in the world.
Coffee varieties from North Sumatra include lintong, mandheling, sidikalang, tarutung, silimakuta, dolog sanggul, karo and samosir.
“As a way to promote North Sumatran coffee, Toba Coffee Festival is being held to attract tourists, including coffee enthusiasts from overseas,” Nurhajizah said.
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Around 30 participants are said to take part in the festival, some hailing from other cities such as Jakarta, Bekasi, Surabaya, Palembang and Makassar.
Among the activities that will be held throughout the festival are Coffee Blending & Field Trip workshop, seminar, competition, music performance and others.
“Toba Coffee Festival 2017 is expected to contribute to the coffee productivity in Indonesia as well as increasing the economy in North Sumatra. This activity also aims to bridge a strategic partnership between coffee farmers and coffee manufacturers and exporters,” she added.
Indonesia is the third biggest coffee producer in the world after Brazil and Vietnam with an average production reaching 685 tons per year, or 8.9 percent from the total coffee production in the world.
Among the most popular coffee varieties from Indonesia are luwak, Sumatran arabica from North Simalungun, sidikalang, mandheling, tarutung and lintong. (kes)
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