Jakarta Coffee Snobs: Hype or Lifestyle?

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Jakarta Coffee Snobs: Hype or Lifestyle?

Jakarta - It was a typical Sunday afternoon at Pasar Santa. Inside this used-to-be a traditional market, one stall called the ‘ABCD’ was flocked by a number of young urbans longing for coffee.

With a cup of black coffee on their hands, these people wandered around the market, which has recently become a hype in Jakarta. They then logged on to Instagram (posting out the #ngopidipasar – literally drinking coffee at the market) and discussed the coffee characteristics.

Welcome to the emerging coffee scene of Jakarta............

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Indonesian Coffee Co-op Brews Success

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Indonesian Coffee Co-op Brews Success

MOUNT PUNTANG, Indonesia—Surrounded by volcanoes that make the soil here some of Indonesia’s most fertile, members of the Klasik Beans cooperative sniff, sip and swish tiny cups of coffee like a sommelier would a coveted vintage..........

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Indonesians Warm Up to Specialty Coffees

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Indonesians Warm Up to Specialty Coffees

JAKARTA—Indonesia has begun a love affair with good coffee. And some of its most avid proponents are trying to spread the love around.

From the air-conditioned confines of one of Jakarta’s newest malls, they held workshops over the weekend on roasting and sustainable farming, taught attendees how to make a latte and how to cup, which involves observing the tastes and aromas from brewed coffee...........

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Coffee auction brewing  up a bright future for farmers

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Coffee auction brewing up a bright future for farmers

Indonesian coffee farmers seem to have enjoyed a bumper harvest this year, if participation in the third biennial Indonesia Specialty Coffee Auction is anything to go by. The committee of the auction, organized by the Specialty Coffee Association of Indonesia (AKSI), received 144 samples of fresh coffee from local small-scale farmers in 13 regions — a big jump from 62 in 2012 and 30 in 2010. Certified Q and R coffee graders will select the top 30 samples prior to the auction, which will take place using the English “open outcry” system on Oct. 10 at JIExpo in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta. The benchmark score for the auction is 84..........

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Can TOMS break into the coffee business?

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Can TOMS break into the coffee business?

After making his name in shoes, Blake Mycoskie is taking TOMS into the coffee game — but the move is just the first part of a much more ambitious plan. Fortune has the exclusive full story on the company’s new direction announced at South by Southwest Tuesday...........

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THE MULTIMILLION DOLLAR QUEST TO BREW THE PERFECT CUP OF COFFEE

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THE MULTIMILLION DOLLAR QUEST TO BREW THE PERFECT CUP OF COFFEE

On a Thursday morning in May, a man and a woman roll into a midtown Manhattan office with two James Bond–looking suitcases. They slither over to the company's communal gathering area where they unload the tools of their trade: sharp-edged grinders, precise scales, a variety of specialized heating devices, and four bags of highly prized beans .............

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