For several villages in Wonogiri, Central Java, coffee has been around for decades.
In the colonial era, a coffee processing plant was established in Ngasihan village in Ngadirojo district. Arabica and robusta beans were transported from Bulukerto and Girimarto subdistricts on the slopes of Mount Lawu. In 1860, the Gondosini region in Bulukerto was made the center for coffee plantations and nurseries by Mangkunegara IV.
When the Dutch no longer ruled, Wonogiri coffee began to disappear.
Sular, a coffee farmer in Sumber Village, told The Jakarta Post that almost all residents had coffee plants in their yards. “But the plants are hardly tended to. When they bear fruit, the cherries are left on the ground,” he said.