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.
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.
With 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,
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
Shop 88, Plaza Niaga 2- Block G, Jl. M.H Thamrin
Bukit Sentul - West Java
Members of SCAA, SCAE and AASCA