Coffee in Indonesia – extraordinary and exclusive Rarities

Coffee in Indonesia – extraordinary and exclusive Rarities

Indonesia is the world’s third largest coffee producer with a market share of 7%.
  • As diverse as the country with its more than 17,000 islands and more than 300 ethnic groups, so is the coffee in Indonesia!
  • The most famous coffee comes from the island of Java.
  • In 1699 Arabica plants of Yemenite origin were imported by the Dutch from India.
  • The many volcanoes offer the best natural conditions for cultivation of coffee in Indonesia.
  • In 1877, most of the Arabicas were infested with coffee rust and were replaced by Robusta plants from Africa.
  • Today, the country produces 10 % Arabica / 90 % Robusta.


  • The island state is after Vietnam the largest exporter of Robusta coffee.
  • Cultivated areas are: Sumatra, Sulawesi, Java, Bali, Flores and Papua.
  • Among the rarities are: the most expensive coffee in the world – Kopi Luwak, Worm Bitten Menados and Indonesian Warehouse Coffee.
  • At the Worm Bitten Menados small farmers bury the coffee beans in the earth, where they are nibbled by worms.
  • The Warehouse Coffee is similar to the Indian monsooning: when the coffee was still transported by sailing ships, the long storage gave it a taste of its own. A similar taste is achieved today by the afterripen in special storage houses. It is sold as Old Government, Old Brown or Old Java.
  • The taste of Indonesian coffee is the opposite of the Latin varieties.
  • It has a soft aroma, a full body and an earthy taste, partly with light herbal notes.
  • With their sharp, deep and lasting taste, they are considered the coffee as “heavyweights
  • Especially the coffee of Sumatra has a viscid body and contains almost no acid
  • That is why they are often contained in blends like the well-known “1699“, a mixture of beans from Java and Yemen.


Coffee in Indonesia – Traditional Preparation

Kopi Tubruk
  • Common preparation of coffee in Indonesia
  • Add 1-2 tbsp very finely ground coffee powder into a medium-sized cup together with some sugar and stir well.
  • Leave the coffee set for 3-5 minutes and then drink.
  • similar to turkish coffee.
Kopi Susu
  • Kopi Tubruk is prepared with 1/4 – 1/2 sweet condensed milk instead of sugar.
Kopi Jahe
  • 6 tbsp coffee powder, 1.5 l water, 5-6 tsp fresh ginger, 100 g palm sugar* and optionally 2 cinnamon sticks* and 3 cloves* together, boil at medium heat.
  • Reduce heat and allow to simmer with stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
  • After 5 minutes remove from the heat and spread through a cloth on 6 cups.


Kopi Joss

Charcoal coffee. Served with a piece of red hot charcoal dunked in, which is known for its health benefits – just remove the coal first 😉

kopi putih

also called white coffee, refers to coffee beans which are roasted shorter and lower heat than regular coffee beans. It has a savory and mild taste and a higher concentration of caffeine.

Daun Kopi
  • Coffee-leaf tea (teh daun kopi) with the lower caffeine content is also a coffee alternative.
  • For this, 9-12 g tea are brewed with 350-400 ml of 96 °C. hot water. Then leave it for 4-6 min.
  • The green tea-like drink is drunk from coconut shells.
Es Alpukat / Jus Alpukat
  • Means iced avocado.
  • Blend 1 big ripe avocado, 1 cup strong cooled coffee, 2 cups milk, 1/4 cup pandan syrup* (alternatively: maple syrup*)
  • Decorate a glass with chocolate syrup*, add ice cubes and the avocado coffee.
  • Instead of milk and syrup you can also use almond milk and sweetened condensed milk.

Coffee in Indonesia

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