Indonesia’s 1.3 million small coffee farmers are spread around lowland farms, up mountain valleys and even on the slopes of volcanoes in this nation of more than 17,000 islands.
And in their country’s Ambassador to Germany, His Excellency Arif Havas Oegroseno, they have a passionate advocate and friend.
Germany is Indonesia’s most important European export market for its coffee, both by volume and for the role it plays as a leading arbiter of taste when it comes to coffee.
When leading importers and distributors are invited to the Berlin Embassy for a coffee, they know they are being served by an expert – the Ambassador himself. His Excellency Arif Havas Oegroseno is a fully-certificated Barista!
Jan Huttanus spoke to him, at the start of an on-air promotion this week for Indonesian coffee on JazzRadio Berlin: