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Cocoa, coffee industry cries out for EU pact to sweeten trade

  • Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 21 2019   /  02:15 am
For a better coffee: A farmer checks on sun-dried coffee beans in Wonogiri, Central Java. Farmers in Wonogiri have started to treat their beans more carefully to improve the quality of their coffee.(JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)(JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

For a better coffee: A farmer checks on sun-dried coffee beans in Wonogiri, Central Java. Farmers in Wonogiri have started to treat their beans more carefully to improve the quality of their coffee.(JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)Wherever you are in the world, there is a good chance the coffee you sip or chocolate you savor is made from Indonesia’s homegrown beans, as the country ranks fourth in cocoa production and coffee exports.In fact, the European Union could soon open its doors for more Indonesian coffee, cocoa and other commodities traded under the Indonesia-EU Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IEU-CEPA). A 2011 EU-Indonesia partnership calculated that the agreement could add US$2 billion to the Indonesian exports.But even as Indonesia is poised to get a firmer grip on global coffee and cocoa markets with the pact, industry players and experts are still wincing at current trad...