Introducing Indonesian Coffee Culture to SA

Ambassador Salman Al Farisi of Indonesia and High Commissioner Zainal Arif Mantaha of Singapore at the Indonesian Coffee Tasting

19 October 2021

Coffee cultivation in Indonesia began in the late 1600s and early 1700s, and has played an important role in the growth of the country. Indonesia’s geography and climate is well-suited for coffee plantations with it being near the equator and with numerous interior mountainous regions on its main islands, creating well-suited microclimates for the growth and production of coffee.

Top Indonesian baristas Muhammad Aga and Resianri Triane, were present at a Coffee Tasting event in South Africa organised by the Indonesian Trade Promotion Centre (ITPC) Johannesburg and the Embassy of Indonesia in Pretoria. In Johannesburg, the event was held at Father Coffee from 12 to 14 October and attracted many coffee lovers.

Anggun Paramita Mahdi, Director of ITPC said, “Indonesian coffee lovers have known African coffees for a long time and we noticed that not many African coffee lovers know about Indonesian coffee. We hope that this promotional event will change this.”

The knowledgeable, passionate baristas were on hand to explain the selections to the coffee lovers and to direct them on the best ways to enjoy the different Indonesian coffees.

A variety Indonesian Coffees were showcased and served throughout the events direct from farmers from several regions in Indonesia, namely Flores Manggarai, Giri Senang West Java, Pengalengan West Java and Bali Kintamani.

Supporting the promotion of Indonesian coffees at these events, Ambassador of Indonesia, Salman Al Farisi, said that in collaboration with ITPC, Indonesian coffees will also be brought to wider coffee lovers in the African Continent.

Indonesia Coffee Culture is currently taking place in Cape Town at the Origin Coffee De Waterkant till 20 October 2021.

Embassy of Indonesia in South Africa