Australian Embassy

But First, Coffee

Media Release

30 September 2016

Australians and Indonesians share a love of ngopi and nongkrong at cozy cafes. As the world’s fourth largest coffee producer and exporter, Indonesia is heaven for coffee addicts.

The love for coffee should go beyond enjoying every sip of our morning piccolo or afternoon cappuccino, to an appreciation of smallholders who grow the beans, the brewers, and the baristas who fix our daily dose of caffeine.

Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Grigson, connoisseur of fine Indonesian coffees said #InternationalCoffeeDay is the ideal time to celebrate the success of an Australian program that is working with coffee producers in East Nusa Tenggara to lift productivity and quality for export markets.

“Indonesia’s coffee industry has unlimited potential for growth. Australia’s PRISMA rural development program has already helped more than 2,200 farmers and hopes to reach out to 10,000 coffee producers by 2018,” Ambassador Grigson said.

“I am constantly amazed and even challenged by the great coffee culture where coffee can be cold fusion, pour-over or tubruk. And there’s also some inspiring latte foam art,” he said.

“During my time in Indonesia, I have enjoyed coffee from all over Indonesia, from Gayo coffee in Aceh, to Toraja coffee from South Sulawesi, and now Flores Bajawa coffee at one of my favourite cafes in Jakarta, Anomali,” Ambassador Grigson said.

“Jakarta’s thriving coffee culture not only makes it easier for me to get my coffee but it opens up more opportunities for young people to enter the business. With many Indonesian baristas learning their art in Australia, this is a fusion of cultures we can all enjoy.”



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