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From grower to cup: How ‘green’ is your coffee?

Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Tue, October 15, 2019  /  04:02 pm
From grower to cup: How ‘green’ is your coffee?

There has been a coffee culture in Indonesia ever since its introduction to the archipelago in the 17th century. It has become a tradition and a part of the everyday life of the people, therefore paving the way for the burgeoning international coffee chain, independent coffee shops and roasters in urban cities since the turn of this century. The consumption of beans is correspondingly on the rise too, as the ongoing trend of people concocting their own coffee by doing the roasting, grinding and brewing at home. But coffee consumption is not the only aspect of the culture. Indonesia is currently the world's fourth-largest producer after Brazil, Vietnam and Colombia with plantations across the archipelago, with each region having its own flavor character. The rising urban coffee lifestyle, however, has yet to significantly improve the livelihood of coffee growers. Collectiv...