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Goreal-Ah! Coffee falls for Simalungun coffee

A. Kurniawan Ulung

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, December 19, 2019  /  05:42 pm
Goreal-Ah! Coffee falls for Simalungun coffee

Goreal-Ah! Coffee owners Natasha Tasman (left) and Amalia Nuraini. (JP/A. Kurniawan Ulung)

Every day, Starbucks’ 326 coffee shops in more than 20 cities delight coffee lovers across the archipelago. Indonesian coffee beans attracted the attention of the world’s largest coffee chain long before it opened its first store in the country in 2002. Many may not know that Sumatran single-origin coffee has been a staple of the company’s offerings since 1971. With its fertile volcanic soil, Sumatra, which means the Island of Gold in Sanskrit, is recognized worldwide for producing the finest Arabica coffee beans, including Gayo coffee from Aceh. The neighboring province of North Sumatra also produces flavorful coffees, such as Sidikalang coffee from Dairi regency, Tarutung coffee from North Tapanuli and Mandailing coffee from Mandailing Natal regency.  Among these names, Simalungun is perhaps the least known. As such, this Arabica coffee was promoted by c...