by Lloyd Burgess — 16 February 2018

Tags: Asia-Pacific, Country, Origin

Another huge coffee exporter, Indonesia is the fourth largest in the world.

Divided amongst the many Islands that encompass this diverse country, the coffee grown here has an interesting history. Like its South American counterparts it started off as an industry fueling its colonisers, hundreds of years later it now produces some of the world most loved and famed coffees.

Java coffee was marketed as a sign of high quality coffee during the second wave coffee boom and still produces some interesting coffees.

The country is famous for their technique of semi washing their coffee in a process called ‘giling basah’ that produces woody and earthy notes as well as the infamous kopi luwak (semi digested coffee collected from the droppings of civet cats).

Sumatra is a popular choice for a blended coffee. It adds depth and weight that is needed in espresso blends that are consumed with milk.

There are a few coffees in Indonesia that can be traced back to the exact farm. These coffees are usually washed rather than semi washed and can possess sugary sweetness with dried fruits while also offering a deep body.