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Tale of the Tape: Tea and coffee associations want recognition

Arif Suryobuwono

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Tue, July 30, 2019  /  03:13 pm
Tale of the Tape: Tea and coffee associations want recognition

Personal preference: Tea lovers have plenty to choose from – from the classic hot tea to creative brews. (Shutterstock/-)

The country’s specialty tea association was established last year, ten years after its coffee counterpart. The Specialty Tea Association of Indonesia (AISTea) made headlines in November last year for launching the first-ever publicly-announced tea brewing competition at an annual international food expo to mark its birth. “AISTea in the tea industry is like the Specialty Coffee Association of Indonesia (SCAI) in the coffee industry,” said AISTea secretary-general and Bukit Sari Organic Tea Plantation product manager Ronald Cahyana Goenawan. “Specialty tea,” he explained, “is tea that originates from a special clone, a new cultivar or a unique terroir; tea of leaves plucked at certain hours, tea made from at least a tip and one or two leaves underneath (known as fine plucks), tea that is specially made in a certain way and not just with a machi...