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Now brewing: Specialty coffees and teas

Arif Suryobuwono

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, July 30, 2019  /  05:18 pm
Now brewing: Specialty coffees and teas

Dark pleasure: Each export market has its own specialty coffee acceptability criteria (Shutterstock/-)

Unlike Indonesia’s specialty coffees, which are relatively easy to find at coffee shops, most of the country’s specialty teas are destined for foreign markets. Specialty coffee as defined by the Specialty Coffee Association of Indonesia (SCAI) may be very popular, but not all coffee players see the need to join the trend and use SCAI’s scoring system. “Coffee farmers are mainly concerned about selling their beans at good prices. The ones whose coffee is in great demand or who already have regular customers normally don’t see the need to get their coffee scored by SCAI,” says Adrianus Kurniawan. Adrianus’ company, Smoking Barrels Craft Coffee, buys coffees directly from farmers and gets them informally scored during cupping sessions at the ABCD School of Coffee in Menteng, Central Jakarta.   On the go: Smoking Barrels Craft Coffee...