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Blue Batak: What Placed Indonesia on the Global Coffee Map?

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That Java Chip Frappuccino from Starbucks that everyone seems to like? Where do you think the term Java comes from?

When commercialization of coffee surged in different parts of the world, an Indonesian island called Java was amongst the first to fuel the momentum of coffee production in the country.

And it is said that till today, the term Java has become akin to that of coffee. Sure, the Java Chip in the drink may be a substitute for chocolate chips, but that is the power of Indonesian coffees.

Knowing more about the land that birthed some of the best coffees in the world would surely give you better insight into what it means to be consuming Indonesian coffee. 

So, keep reading to know all about how Indonesia made it to the global coffee map, ranking in the top 5 countries producing coffee in the world. 

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Single Origin vs. Coffee Blends - What Should You Pick?

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Unless you religiously drink coffee or are intrigued enough by the industry to learn about it, there’s only a small chance that you’d be familiar with all the coffee-related terminologies. 

After all, who wants to read up about coffee jargon if they don’t really pay too much attention to what coffee they are drinking.

Coffees come of various types demarcated by the source, growth conditions, roasting process, grinding process, etc. 

Either way, two terms that you may have likely heard of are single origin and blends. So what’s the fuss behind it, and why are people sometimes divided over the two?

In this post, we’re going to deep-dive into what these terms mean and what may be the right choice for you.

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How Efficient is the Direct Trade Model

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For the average coffee drinker, thoughts about how the coffee has been bought or what channels it has gone through before being placed on a store shelf are not high up on the priority list.

And that’s understandable.

You are ultimately concerned about the end product since that is what you’ll be consuming.

But if you are interested in knowing more, one term that you should be familiar with is direct trade coffee.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Pour-Over Coffee

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Pour-over coffee. The term itself sounds pretty self-explanatory.

But there’s a whole wealth of information you need to be armed with to truly appreciate the process and prepare your coffee the right way.

For a long time in coffee history, pour-over coffee reigned due to its several benefits (which we cover later in the blog) and also the context in which the method was discovered.

Even today, a lot of coffee shops will serve you pour-over coffee as it produces fresher coffee than machine-brewed one.

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Liberica and Excelsa: The Coffee Beans

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By chance or otherwise, conversations pertaining to coffee tend to be peppered with mentions of only arabica and robusta.

Yes, they are two of the most widely used coffee beans. But by no means do they encompass the diversity of all the coffee plants that can be found in different regions of the globe.

You may find it difficult to comprehend why this is important, considering the cultural significance of coffee and the lack of exposure that the other coffee beans get. 

Even sources suggest that around 75% of coffee consumed in the world is brewed from arabica beans, and almost 20% of the rest is made up of robusta coffee.

What then of the other coffee variants?

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