The Jakarta Post
Indonesia has retained its status as the world’s fourth largest coffee producer after Brazil, Vietnam and Colombia, the Trade Ministry has announced.
The ministry’s director for strategic issues management Ni Made Ayu Marthini said Indonesia produced an average of 691,000 tons of coffee per year while Brazil produced 2,905,000 tons, Vietnam 1,650,000 tons, and Colombia 840,000 tons. The fifth largest, Ethiopia, produces 402,000 tons annually.
According to Made Ayu, world demand for coffee is growing. Data for 2015/2016 revealed that world coffee consumption was 9.1 million tons, outnumbering the production figure, which stood at 8.8 million tons, she said.
“This is a big opportunity for coffee producers in Indonesia to expand to international markets, especially given that we have so many different variants of coffee,” she said during a Sumatran Coffee Gathering in Medan on Wednesday.
Hundreds of coffee farmers and traders from across Indonesia and different countries attended the event.
North Sumatra Plantation Agency head Herawati said that in Sumatra alone, a number of coffee variations had been internationally recognized, such as Gayo, Mandailing, Lampung, Lintong and North Simalungun Arabica.
“The growing competition in the coffee market has pushed Indonesia to diversify its processed coffee products, such as instant coffee, mixed coffee and cosmetics,” she said.
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