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Jakarta Post

Kintamani farmers keep their coffee pure

  • Anton Muhajir

    The Jakarta Post

Kintamani   /   Mon, January 19 2009   /  06:03 pm

For some people, Kintamani coffee is an enjoyable delicacy worth traveling to Bali for. But for Kintamani farmers, it is a serious business. Coffee farmers in Kintamani go to great lengths to ensure their brand of Arabica coffee reaches an international standard, including penalizing farmers who use chemicals or who fail to abide by the strict regulations for Kintamani coffee bean farming. It began in 2005, when farmers collectively decided to ban the use of any inorganic materials on Kintamani coffee plants to maintain the beans' quality. "If we use chemicals, the coffee beans we harvest deteriorate quickly, sometimes as early as the day after we harvest them," said I Wayan Jamin, a local village chief in the Kintamani area. "We want everything in Kintamani to be organic. This ensures that the coffee beans last up to three days." Kintamani coffee is one of Bali'...