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Indonesian coffee candy literally ‘out of this world'

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, November 26, 2017  /  08:02 am
Indonesian coffee candy literally ‘out of this world'

Indonesian coffee-flavored candy, Kopiko, made an unexpected appearance at the International Space Station (ISS) recently, just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. (Twitter/File)

Indonesian coffee-flavored candy, Kopiko, made an unexpected appearance at the International Space Station (ISS) recently, just in time for Thanksgiving dinner.

The astronauts on duty at the ISS posted two pictures on the ISS official Twitter account on Nov.24, in celebration of Thanksgiving. The tweet read, “The crew enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner as they orbited the Earth at an altitude of 250 miles. Their turkey day dinner came after a full day of research and maintenance work, allowing them an off-duty Friday, Nov.24 to enjoy the view of the planet from their orbital laboratory."

The pictures showed the crew of the ISS, and also the meals served on the special occasion. In the pantry, lies a large bag of widely known Indonesian coffee candy, Kopiko, and keen eyes on the internet immediately spotted the brand. Soon after the picture went viral in the Indonesian social media scene.

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Global marketing director of Kopiko’s producer, PT Mayora Indah, Ricky Afrianto said that Mayora’s products are distributed to more than 80 countries worldwide. “[This includes] Kopiko [which] is widely distributed,” he told Kompas.com on Friday.

Ricky said the company distributed Kopiko to the United States and that the brand had become a favorite due to its distinct flavor. Regarding Kopiko’s being taken into space, Ricky said it was good that an Indonesian product made it to outer space.

“Since they can’t really drink liquid coffee [in the ISS], having the Kopiko coffee candy is a good idea,” he added.

Corporate secretary of Mayora Indah, Yuni Gunawan, told Kompas.com separately that among the worldwide distribution of Mayora products, Kopiko happened to be one of the best-selling brands.

According to the company’s financial report, Mayora’s 2016 sales reached Rp.18.3 trillion (US$1.35 billion), up from Rp.14.8 trillion in 2015. (asw)

 

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