Indonesian coffees have won their fair share of awards over the years, but few can compare to the ones that took home prizes at the recent Paris International Coffee Tasting Competition. In fact, Indonesia now has more accolades in this competition than any other country in the world (hailing from countries such as Spain, Brazil, Kenya, and Australia). Here are just some of the Indonesian coffees that took home prizes at this year’s event (in no particular order)
What does the competition stand for?
The competition, which is held annually, is one of the most prestigious events in the coffee industry. This year, there were over 1,000 entries from more than 60 countries. The top prize went to an Indonesian coffee, with coffees from Ethiopia and Kenya also taking home prizes. This is a huge accomplishment for the Indonesian coffee industry, which has been striving to improve its quality in recent years. These results show that their efforts are paying off and that they are now able to compete with the best in the world. Indonesia, which once primarily produced commodity-grade coffee, is now producing high-quality beans worthy of international acclaim. It’s important to note that while these three coffees took home prizes this year, many other high-quality Indonesian blends weren’t even recognized because judges couldn’t tell them apart from the better-known brands. Indonesia still has a long way to go before it can rival the top producers like Brazil or Colombia but these recent successes prove that Indonesia has what it takes to become another contender on the global stage. With new facilities being built and investments pouring into the country, it looks like the future of Indonesian coffee is bright. In fact, Javanese President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono recently made a pledge to ensure that by 2020 Indonesia will produce 100% organic, fair trade coffee. As the president said at his inauguration ceremony: This pledge reaffirms our commitment towards sustainable growth through efficient and environmentally friendly practices. Let’s hope he can live up to his word! What does sustainability mean?: According to Worldwatch Institute, sustainability means meeting human needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.
About Indonesia’s winner coffees
Indonesia’s coffee beans have long been prized for their unique flavor profiles. This year, at the annual French Gourmet Coffee competition, three Indonesian coffees took home top prizes. The first-place coffee was a Sulawesi Toarco Toraja, which is known for its notes of chocolate and dark fruits. The second-place coffee was an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, which has floral and citrus notes. The third-place coffee was a Kenyan AA coffee, which is known for its balance and complexity. These three coffees represent the best of what Indonesia has to offer, and we’re proud to see them recognized on the world stage. Next time you’re looking for some high-quality java, remember that there are plenty of excellent options from Indonesia! It might seem like all anyone drinks these days is espresso or iced Americanos, but if you want to get back to basics and enjoy a great cup of joe, then try one of our award-winning offerings. Whether it’s a rich Sumatra Mandheling or smooth Sulawesi Lintong Pangalengan, our full-bodied coffees will keep your taste buds dancing with delight.
Don’t forget about Indonesian blend coffee either—it’s easy to find if you know where to look! It features rich flavors reminiscent of hazelnut cream or caramelized sugar cane syrup with every sip. There’s no better way to wind down after a long day than with one of these premium blends. If you don’t believe us, give one a try and see for yourself. We’ve got something for everyone—from those who prefer light roasts to those who love deep, dark roasts. Plus, our coffee comes from around the world: Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica…even Hawaii! Regardless of your preference, there’s a perfect brew waiting just for you here at our store. Our team is always working hard to bring you the latest and greatest coffees from all over the globe, so be sure to stop by soon for your next cup of joe.
From planting to tasting the final product
It’s no secret that coffee is one of Indonesia’s biggest exports. In fact, the country is responsible for about 4% of the world’s coffee production. Recently, Indonesian coffees were put to the test against some of the best in the world at a French gourmet competition. Here are the top three coffees that took home prizes 1) Pencak Silang Mandheling from Aceh Province – with notes of ripe apple and pineapple, this particular coffee was declared as one of the best Indonesians ever submitted to this contest
2) Harapan Jaya Wet-Hulled Arabica from Papua -this light and clean tasting beans offers notes of lychee and grapefruit
3) Permata Hijau Wet-Hulled Arabica from Sumatra -this beans offer sweet and tropical fruit flavors (grapefruit, pineapple). The distinct flavor of each type of coffee showcases Indonesia’s diverse geography and climate. From the jungles in Java to the shores in Sulawesi, these coffees showcase what makes our country so special.
Coffees from other countries that took home prizes
– Ethiopia: Ethiopia coffees are often praised for their bright, floral flavors. This year, an Ethiopia coffee from the Guji region won first prize.
– Kenya: Kenyan coffees are known for their fruity, complex flavors. This year, a coffee from the Nyeri region won second prize.
– Colombia: Colombian coffees are prized for their balance and sweetness. This year, a coffee from the Huila region won third prize. – Costa Rica: Costa Rican coffees are renowned for their sweet, smooth finish.
– Haiti: Haitian coffees are light bodied with hints of spice and fruit flavor.
– Burundi: Burundian coffees boast strong body and taste profile. They also come from one of the most mountainous regions in Africa, which can lead to beans that have very intense acidity levels. To balance out these acids, they are roasted to a medium or dark roast. However, this can make them hard to extract so it is best to use an espresso machine when brewing them. In addition, Burundian coffees are more expensive than other African coffees due to the significant time investment needed for planting and harvesting as well as processing.
In order to protect farmers’ livelihoods, this has led some organizations like Fair Trade International (FTI) to impose a premium on these types of coffees.
This fair trade practice ensures growers get a fair price for their crops by partnering with buyers who provide higher prices based on quality rather than quantity. FTI’s labeling ensures customers know where their products come from and whether workers were paid fairly for producing them. For example, the label Packed under Fairtrade Certification means that either the product itself was certified, or the supplier was. The certification guarantees that producers receive benefits such as health care, training programs and assistance with starting new businesses.
Haitian-born Jean Claude Joseph says he feels fortunate to have found this type of success in his new home country after losing everything he had back home due to natural disasters like Hurricane Matthew. He owns Caffe Lara Intl., a company specializing in roasting Haitian coffee beans.
Coffee gourmets say you should be able to tell whether your brew is high quality just by smelling it because top-quality coffee has pleasant aromas while lower-quality coffee will have sour ones.
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