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Where have all the premium teas gone?

  • Arif Suryobuwono

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sun, September 16 2012   /  12:59 pm

Indonesia’s gems (from left to right): Dandang Selection jasmine tea, Opa Severe Degree of Fermentation (SDOF) oolong tea, Moroccan mint tea from Solo-based PT Gunung Subur Sejahtera, Gardoe Super jasmine tea.While Indonesia has little to say about wine, it talks an awful lot about tea.

The country belongs to the top-ten tea producing countries in the world. It counts among the countries from which the world’s well-known tea sellers, such as Twinings, source their tea.

State-owned tea plantations, formerly controlled by the Dutch, have been exporting their best teas for more than 200 years, whereas the current private ones have been doing excellent trade since the country’s independence.

With Indonesian tea producers exporting their best offerings and leaving their lesser-quality ones to the home market, jealousy has been stirred up among members of a Jakarta...