Amazingly, there are 5 varieties of Indonesian Revitalizing Coffee that will satisfy any coffee lovers across the globe. With todays peoples changing lifestyle ongoing all over the world, coffee has become so much more than just a beverage to drink in the morning. It has been strongly integrated into humans culture, an inseparable part of their lifestyle. Here in Indonesia, you can find from cheap instant coffee to exquisite cups of the mysterious black gold. In fact, coffee lovers around the globe would not start the day without firstly taking this revitalizing cup of dark potion in the morning.
Coffee firstly entered Indonesia through Batavia, now Jakarta, in 1696 during the Dutch colonial times. The Dutch brought in Arabica coffee to plant and cultivate here at Cibodas national park on the way to Puncak. Since then, coffee grew to be one of the Dutch top commodities. Later, the VOC exported the first batch of Indonesia’s coffee in 1711 growing up to 60 tons per year within only 10 years.
In Indonesia, coffee is not only a part of peoples way of life, but it has also become an important commodity. Indonesia has become one of the biggest coffee producers in the world along with heavy-weights Brazil, Vietnam and Colombia. Not only is it consumed by the Indonesians, but it has also become the main source of livelihood for many of them. Coffee becomes an essential part of the daily lives of many people, from coffee farmers to coffee traders.
Astonishingly, Indonesia is able to produce some of the finest gourmet beans in the world, including the most luxurious coffee in the world, as presented by Oprah that is called Kopi Luwak or civet coffee. Therefore, nowadays a lot of coffee lovers flock to this beautiful archipelago to taste a cup of this divine Indonesian coffee.
Here are the 5 varieties of Indonesian revitalizing coffee:
1. Balinese Kintamani Coffee
Bali has been popular throughout Indonesia for its good quality coffee beans produced in the cool mountain regions of Kintamani. Unlike most other types of coffee, Kintamani coffee is exceptional compared to other Indonesian Arabica coffees due to its mild flavor, medium acidity and fruity taste. The fruity taste is obtained from the coffee being planted together with fruits and vegetables enabling the beans to absorb the rich flavor of the surroundings. If your tongue does crave for an unconventional cup of Joe, then Kintamani coffee will be perfect to bring home and share with your friends and family.
2. Toraja Coffee
The native people of Sulawesi in Tana Toraja cultivate the exquisite Toraja coffee beans. Toraja Coffee is actually a multi-dimensional coffee grown in the northern highlands of South Sulawesi. This coffee is renowned by its sprawling flavor with full rich characteristics of ripe fruit and dark chocolate. Toraja people produce two varieties of beans, Arabica and Robusta. People describe a cup of Torajan coffee as deep and brooding with musty fruit sensation and rustic sweetness. Therefore, this variety of coffee is perfect for those who hate the bitter flavor of coffee beans because the bitter aftertaste of coffee seems to marvelously vanish right after the first sip, leaving a pleasant feeling inside your mouth.
3. Aceh Gayo Coffee
Almost all Indonesians know Aceh’s Gayo coffee cultivated in the Central Aceh Gayo highlands in the northernmost part of Sumatra Island. Besides being great to say “gayo”, this is certainly one of the most consumed vaerieties of coffee in the nation. Although both Arabica and Robusta beans are produced as Gayo coffee, the most widely consumed and exported type is Arabica Gayo. A cup of Gayo Arabica gives strong and complex revitalizing flavor with its strong aroma and exceptionally mild bitter taste making it a perfect blend of gourmet coffee.
4. Flores Bajawa Coffee
Flores has been famous for its incomparable beauty becoming home to the world’s hobbit ancestors. Most people will not guess that this amazing region also produces some of the best coffee beans in the world. Flores stands as one of the larger islands within the chain running west to east between Bali and Timor. Furthermore, Bajawa is the harbor town for the highland area along the southern coast where the coffee is grown. The traditional cultivation methods of this Arabica variety of coffee have been inherited from generation to generation. The aroma of the coffee is characterized by the strong fragrance of flowers, chocolate, earthiness and sometimes of moist tobacco. It is made using a wet-hulled process giving it a thick body and unique flavor with a pleasing aroma found only in this region.
5. Kopi Luwak
Indonesia becomes the home to the most expensive coffee in the world famous as Kopi Luwak or civet coffee. Both the history and origins of Kopi Luwak are just as fascinating as its flavors. The genuine Indonesian kopi luwak is produced from the droppings of a wild cat-like animal called the luwak (the common palm civet, Paraxorus Hermaphroditus). This is a nocturnal forest animal that freely stalks nearby coffee plantations at night in the harvest season, eating the high-quality ripe coffee cherries. It can’t digest the coffee beans of the cherry, so that the cherry stones and coffee beans come out whole when the animal does the number two.
Later, the beans are collected, washed, and processed by the coffee farmers. Magically, the fermentation process of the civet cats stomach breaking down the coffee protein has successfully taken away the bitter aftertaste, transforming the flavor of kopi luwak becoming smooth, earthy, and nutty. Its low acidic level makes this coffee smooth for people with stomach ulcers or digestive problems to drink it because it goes down easily. Then, how much are you willing to pay for a cup of this weird yet superb brew?
As a bonus information, there is actually one more variety of Indonesian coffee you just have to try at least once in your life. Indeed, the buzzes of Sumatra being a haven for coffee plantations are totally right. Sumatra has another gem for coffee addicts, Sidikalang Coffee from North Sumatra.
Kopi Sidikalang does possess strong aroma and taste, yielding a spiciness similar to Lintong Nihuta. Also, it has low acidity with a chocolate flavor that is best served in brewed tubruk style, simply black without any addition of sugar. If you can spare a few days during September, come to Njuah Njuah Festival at Lake Toba in North Sumatra from 26 — 30 September 2016 so that you can marvel at the local culture while sipping a strong hot cup of genuine Sidikalang coffee.
Those 5 varieties of Indonesian revitalizing coffee will surely satisfy any coffee addicts around the globe. So, just kindly visit Indonesia to visit this country to taste all varieties of Indonesian coffee.