Coffee drinkers around the world now recognize that Indonesia’s Arabica coffees are among the world’s finest. In 2009 a sample of the area’s ‘white Arabica’ coffee was taken to a coffee merchant in Switzerland, and was included in a blind tasting by professional tasters. The Munduk coffee was rated 9 out of 10 and the merchant asked to stock it, but production in Munduk was too low for export.
Thousands of young Arabica seedlings were supplied to about 27 farmers. Soon they will be in a position to sell their superior coffee directly to buyers in Switzerland and elsewhere, bypassing the middlemen and retaining more profit at source.
Forest Diversity Provides Additional Crops
Traditional highland coffee farmers face many challenges, including climate change and poverty. Premium bean quality and good soil depend on biodiversity and the significant shade of a healthy forest canopy – which also supports local wildlife. To improve lifelyhood and support biodiversity honey production is an additional income. Cacao, Avocado and Clove trees provide extra income and are a food source for honey bees during the coffee flowers off-season.