Jayapura, Jubi – Arabica Coffee Deiyai and Dogiyai won the first place and runner-up at The Best Coffee of the Year award held in Jakarta Coffee Week 2018 on 28 – 30 September 2018.
The two types of green coffee which origin of the highlands of Meepago region, Papua, are introduced by the Product Processing Unit of Enauto Coffee which was established by the Foundation of Community Welfare Development (Yapkema).
The assessment was done by both national and international coffee experts, by looking at the post-harvesting process that produces the ready-to-drink coffee. They then decided that Deiyai coffee won the first place in the category of “Honey Process”, while Dogiyai coffee became the runner-up in the category of the Natural and Semi-Washed Process.
“We won these categories based on the new assessment, namely the process of post-harvesting green beans,” Director Yapkema who is also the founder of Enauto, Hanok Herison Pigai told Jubi by phone on Monday (1/10/2018).
Moreover, he explained the coffee experts from Australia and Indonesia assessed the coffee beans brought by 14 farmers representing their respective regions throughout Indonesia. The coffee beans are then roasted and smelled, after which they brewed (cupping).
Pigai explained that Enauto implements a new approach in processing the post-harvesting coffee so that it could win this annual competition which has conducted since three years ago.
“We have applied four post-harvesting processes over our Arabica coffee and also provided training to farmers. The process includes natural, honey, semi-washed and full-washed,” he said.
Pigai believes that in the future the market demand for his coffee products will be high, especially after being crowned a champion in the speciality coffee category.
“On behalf of other local coffee farmers, I feel proud to be present at the Indonesian coffee festival to represent coffee and Papuan culture,” he said.
Previously, reported by Bisnis.com (18/9), the Executive Director of the Indonesian Sustainable Coffee Platform (Scopi) Veronica Herlina, said Jacoweek 2018 would be very helpful to encourage and motivate the farmers in planting.
“We hope that by the joining Jacoweek, they will return to their villages and be motivated to plant and able to know the size of the market they have,” she said.
As the initiator of the Jacoweek, Scopi, according to Veronica, has provided more than 84,000 training in one year for a total of around 2 million coffee farmers throughout Indonesia. (*)
Reporter: Hengki Yeimo
Editor: Pipit Maizier