Taste the coffee journey

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Edition 2

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Kopi Tradisional : Kokoh Berdiri Meski Digempur Kopi Modern


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Nengah is the current owner of a small traditional Robusta roastery in Klungkung, Bali. Started in 1970, this family-owned business was closed down in 1986 for a saddening (yet common) reason that no one had the time and fortune to manage it. It was in 2002, Nengah, one of the owner’s children who previously worked as a bus driver, took over the business.

With his own ways of managing and roasting, Nengah takes care and rebuilds this small roastery. He roasts only 10 kg a day, an amount enough to sell to his neighbors and to pay the bills. Even in his modesty, he is popular among the local communities as Nengah Gianyar, the only traditional coffee roaster from a district that doesn’t even grow coffee.

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A Traditional Method for Making Coffee Part 2


Plummeting, the rider, a short, thin fellow, thick black hair waved up in front as if startled at what it saw, a kind of rotting jacket, something resembling trousers, formed one aerial arc varying in trajectory with that of a nearby motorcycle, from which he had parted company, the motorcycle being an ordinary motorcycle that was neither a ‘duck’ nor a ‘street racer’ nor a large-capacity machine from one of the so-called iconic, global brands favoured by celebrities, politicians, generals and others of the criminal classes but, rather, a machine of modest horsepower, its livery dominated by a faded, patchy black, with remains of decals that might once have indicated the make and model but had long since given way to the rigours of the climate and neglect, its left-turn indicator continuing to blink as it had for days, weeks, months, years, unnoticed, uncared for, a sign of pure decoration, a party light.

Use, the name deployed by most who knew him although his identity card, lost when dinosaurs still walked the Earth, had something entirely different written upon it, a name of many words of many syllables, heavy, burdensome, weighing him down, which had been forgotten along with the card, and so it was with some surprise that as he entered his arc, his cigarette firmly clasped between his lips, lips that had never enjoyed the art of kissing, kissing being unsupported

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Good Coffee is Good for Orang Utan


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Sumatra is an environmentally rich, geographically turbulent region. Quite recently, a mere hundred thousand years ago, the most powerful volcanic explosion the Earth has ever experienced created the world’s largest caldera, which became Lake Toba, the world’s deepest lake. Another, smaller explosion created a peak in the middle of the lake, which crumbled to form Samosir Island, the largest inland island in the world.About 50 km south lies the sub-district of South Tapanuli, hilly and densely forested, home to the endemic, critically endangered, Tapanuli orangutan. It is also home to the Mandheling and Ankola ethnic groups, part of the boisterous, extroverted Batak people. In the highlands, farmers grow Mandheling Ankola Sipirok coffee, known locally simply as Sipirok, sometimes using organic compost in plots intercropped with sugar palm, which gives Sipirok coffee its distinctive flavour.

Sholi Pohan, a native of Sipirok and a coffee expert employed by Conservation International to design and lead training programs for coffee farmers, is intensely proud of the coffee produced in the region. He also believes it hasn’t yet achieved its full potential nor have its unique qualities been recognized by the high-end market. He says that farmers still don’t use optimal production techniques. From 2005 to 2012, following the tsunami he worked in Aceh in Takengon and the Gayo Highlands, where coffee is a major crop and large contributor to the economy.

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Sehari untuk Kopi Harian


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Untuk yang sudah mengenal kopi, tidak sedikit yang menjadikannya sebuah candu. Contohnya saya, tidak mungkin satu cangkir saja yang dihabiskan. Seperti yang dikisahkan dalam karya ini, minimal tiga cangkir, baru terpuaskan. Satu cangkir untuk menemani pagi, satu lagi di siang hari ketika berkarya, dan malam hari kala bercengkrama dalam hangatnya pertemanan.

Kini banyak kawan-kawan yang membuka ruang untuk menikmati kopi, yang artinya saatnya berpetualang; menikmati masing-masing kedai kopi dengan atmosfer ruang yang beragam, agar wawasan meluas seperti angkasa. Semoga karya yang terinspirasi kopi ini, turut menginspirasimu untuk berpetualang memperluas wawasan. Atau paling tidak, menginspirasimu untuk mengenal kopi agar tumbuh rasa sayang pada kopi dan Indonesia. Karena katanya: tak kenal maka tak sayang . Selamat menikmati!

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Kopi Wanen dari Dusun Senja


All poems are in Indonesian. Click to read summary in English.

Keempat puisi ini adalah tentang Kopi Wanen, sebuah kopi lokal dari daerah Bali bagian barat. Nama Wanen berasal dari kata berani dalam bahasa Bali. Disebut wanen karena kopi ini mampu disajikan sendiri tanpa susu, krim, ataupun gula, tidak perlu kue, ataupun hidangan pendamping. Cukup kopi yang diseduh dengan suhu yang pas maka pelanggan mampu menikmati dan merasakan manfaatnya. Kopi Wanen merupakan salah satu kopi lokal dari Dusun Senja di Jembrana, dan diramu oleh Nanoq Da Kansas, pemilik kedai Rompyok Kopi. Kedai kopi ini berada di daerah perbatasan atau ujung barat Pulau Bali dan sering disinggahi oleh berbagai pelanggan mulai dari sopir truk hingga pejabat, bahkan pengelanan yang hendak menyebrang.

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