Indonesia, the fourth biggest coffee producer in the world, wants to bring some of its best coffee varieties to Qatar to enhance its presence in the country’s vibrant food and beverage market.
With an annual production of around 660,000 metric tons, the Indonesian archipelago is home to some of the globally renowned coffees including the famous Kopi Luwak or civet coffee, one of the most expensive in the world.
“Comprising more than 13,000 islands, Indonesia has mountainous regions which are ideal location for coffee plantations producing over 30 varieties of coffee and it is important that we introduce them to the Qatari market,” said Hendra
Hartono, president of Indonesia Qatar Business Council (IQBC). He was speaking to local media on the sidelines of Indonesia Coffee Culture 2018 organised by the Indonesian Embassy and hosted by Flat White at The Pearl Qatar on Wednesday.
“Coffee production in Indonesia has gone a long way since it started during the Dutch colonial period; we now have more plantations making it to the top five coffee-producing countries in the world,” explained Hartono.
Last Wednesday’s event, which was attended by Indonesian Ambassador to Qatar Air Marshal (Retd) H E Muhammad Basri Sidehabi, ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic missions, other officials and guests, featured a coffee presentation and tasting of five coffee varieties from Indonesia.
“Today we brought five of the most famous varieties of Indonesian coffee which visitors can try. They include Aceh Gayo from the Western part of Indonesia, Mount Kerinci from Sumatra, Java Preanger from West Java, Bali Kintamani from Bali – a famous tourist spot which not everybody knows also produces coffee, and Toraja from South Sulawesi,” Hartono explained.
By Raynald C Rivera I The Peninsula
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