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Specialty tea and coffee: How do they taste?

Arif Suryobuwono

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Fri, May 24, 2019  /  05:30 pm
Specialty tea and coffee: How do they taste?

Dark pleasure: Indonesian specialty coffee offers local flavors at their best. (The Jakarta Post/Wienda Parwitasari )

Indonesian specialty teas are marked by attempts to localize Chinese tea flavors while Indonesian specialty coffees offer local flavors at their best. Some of the teas produced by the founding members of the Association of Indonesia Specialty Tea (AISTea) taste like the types of Chinese tea they emulate, a quality that makes them different from the usual lower-priced teas normally found in local supermarkets.    The Golden Needle black tea produced by AISTea president Galung Atri, for instance, is apparently modeled after the generic makeup of China’s Jin Jun Mei (Golden Fine Horse Eyebrows) black tea – a new black tea created in 2005 in the village of Tong Mu on Mount Wuyi, Fujian. Like the generic Chinese original, the sinensis variety-based tea immediately impresses with its characteristic type of sweetness that resembles dried longan or longan honey. It...