Indonesian Coffee – Where Did You Say It Came From?

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A Mothers Love

Last week was like a roller coaster ride for me. Andy asked for my help for his class presentation about coffee beans from Indonesia. On top of that, Mary, who played the lead role in their school play was set to be on stage in the same week. To make it worse, my husband Danny was not able to help me out because he was out of town for a business meeting.

Good thing, I’m a super MOM! Just kidding, actually, I was only coaching Mary, and helping her rehearse her lines. It was a good thing that we made her costume ahead of time (Pocahontas) so we did not need to rush.

As for Andy’s project, we decided to split the project between us. He asked me to be his researcher which I gladly obliged.

I love the fact that my kids still find me useful with regards to helping them out with their school work. At times, I enjoy it because it makes me feel like a kid again, but there are times that I prefer they do it on their own. Haha!

Anyways, I asked Andy why he had chosen this topic. According to him, their history teacher had asked them to choose a country, and at the same time focus on one of the industries that this country is known for. He has already made a search online, and saw that one of Indonesia’s main source of living is to harvest, and produce coffee.

Both my kids are self-sufficient, and while Andy was explaining his thought process to me, I was teary-eyed. It was a ‘proud mama’ moment. I just can not believe that I have raised these children. Well, of course together with my husband Danny.

Okay, before I break down into tears, let me share with you, my dear readers, about what I found out about Indonesia, and coffee.

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Industry Of Coffee In Indonesia

In 2014, Indonesia was hailed as the fourth top coffee producer, and coffee exporter in the world. Despite the fact that the coffee plantations are grown by small farmers. These farmers produce both Arabica, and Robusta coffee beans, but they grow the latter more.

It never occurred to me that they have a huge land for farming. When someone mentions Indonesia, the first thought that comes to mind is Bali, and that they are surrounded by bodies of water like the Philippines. I remember seeing an article that Bali was awarded the World’s Best Island(and this was confirmed by Wikipedia as well, and it was BBC World Travel that awarded this title to the island).

Indonesia is also known for its specialty coffees, and one of them is called the kopi luwak. According to Indonesia Investment’s website, this is by far the most expensive specialty coffee in the world. The process is a bit unusual because the beans used in this coffee were eaten, then excreted by the Asian palm civet. The beans undergo a special fermentation process, and it was believed that the civet selects the juiciest of the coffee cherries.

Hmmm… *gulp*… I am not sure if I can drink that. After reading the process on how kopi luwak was made – would you dare?

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The best Indonesian coffee beans come from three different places – Sumatra, Sulawesi, and Java Arabica as per Espressocoffeeguide.com. From what I gather, their coffee is less acidic, but still full of flavor.

Well, my dear readers, and fellow bloggers, I do hope that you were able to learn a thing or two about coffee from Indonesia. Actually, all this research about coffee makes me want to go get one. I might try a Sumatra blend in our local coffee shop down the street, so that I can have a first hand experience of what it tastes like.

That seems to be a good idea. I can take Andy along with me, and let him have a sip so that he can best explain it when he presents to his teacher.

Another bonding moment for me, and my son. Till next time! Toodles!

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