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Merdeka Coffee

We all know Indonesian coffee is one of the finest in the world. This month we asked Merdeka Coffee if they could write a few lines about about themselves.

Arlini Evans and Alan Evans, founders of Merdeka Coffee Merdeka Coffee was established in 2001 as a micro-roasting company focusing on the glorious array of wonderful Arabica coffees that are available in the Indonesian archipelago . We felt that our initial clientele, the coffee connoisseurs of Jakarta and Indonesia, were missing out on the best bean in the world... their own!

To roast the perfect bean we searched the world for a rotary roaster that would allow us to control every stage of the process. Many modern machines are controlled by computer processors, but like fine wine-making, roasting requires the roast master to be able to add his own personal touch to the process. Our machine is a classic drum roaster from Antigua, Guatemala. It was used by a highland estate to roast plump Guatemalan coffee cherries before we purchased, renovated and shipped her to Indonesia.

A mountain village near to the roasteryWith our drum roaster secured we searched for the perfect place to roast. We decided to base ourselves in the mountain town of Bukit Sentul, near the old Dutch resort (now city) of Bogor. Here the air is fresher, cleaner and the climate is perfect for warehousing and roasting of our beans.

Our passion for great Indonesian coffee has taken us all over the archipelago in search of the best and most flavorsome cherries. From North Sumatra and Java through Flores and East Timor and across to Irian Jaya, Arlini examining green beans at the  partners facility in Bali 
we have and continue to visit our partners on a regular basis. We believe in buying directly from the estates and the small holders we deal with- thus insuring they receive a fair price for their beans whilst we can benefit from being able to have a consultative role in the quality of the green beans we purchase. Our company philosophy is to encourage economic and social development of our partner communities through fair and equitable trade. Today we roast coffees from the province of Aceh in the north of Sumatra, right down to Iran Jaya province- located on the border with Papua New Guinea.

The name 'Merdeka' comes from the Malay word for independence or freedom. During the drive for independence in the late 1940's, Indonesians would use the call of "Merdeka" as a greeting, or a salutation.

Arlini Evans, Co-founder

Merdeka Coffee
Shop 88, Plaza Niaga 2- Block G, Jl. M.H Thamrin
Bukit Sentul - West Java
Cellphone: +62-815-8891488
Website: http://www.merdekacoffee.com
Members of SCAA, SCAE and AASCA

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