Recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic hit Indonesia is underway. Bali, one of the areas most affected by the pandemic from an economic point of view, is also starting to gradually recover. The news this time came from Balinese Kintamani coffee farmer who managed to penetrate the world market.
The Balinese coffee farmer is Komang Sukarsana. A Kintamani Coffee farmer and coffee entrepreneur from Kintamani, Bali, who has been an entrepreneur assisted by Bank Indonesia since 2013.
Even though he stumbled during the pandemic, currently Komang has managed to earn tens of millions of rupiah in a month from his persistence in farming Balinese Kintamani coffee and selling two coffee products, namely green beans and roasted beans.
Initially, he only sold his products to coffee shops, roasteries, and hotels. But now, the original coffee beans from his garden have penetrated international markets, such as Moscow, London, and Tokyo, Japan. Either directly through exhibitions or sell them online or go digital.
According to him, one of the things that drive his business to penetrate the global market is the willingness to use technology. By utilizing technology, their business can also grow rapidly.
He hopes that in the future he will be able to share knowledge with farmers and other entrepreneurs, to continue developing their businesses to penetrate the world market.
“I have learned many things after becoming a partner of Bank Indonesia. One of them is how to fight and survive when we start the MSME business. Moreover, MSMEs must also go digital, to reach the global market. There are so many, right, an e-commerce that can be used to sell to go international, “explained Komang
For information, Kintamani Coffee is a mainstay commodity in Bali. In addition to its good quality, Kintamani coffee also has a characteristic, namely citrus-flavored coffee, which makes it different from other regional coffee beans in Indonesia.
This type of Balinese Kintamani coffee comes from an area with an altitude above 900 above sea level. What is interesting is that the agro-ecosystem of this type of Bali Kintamani coffee is very suitable for growing Arabica coffee with its agricultural system known to be homogeneous, especially in the Kintamani area.
A characteristic feature of coffee plantations in Bali is that coffee trees are planted together with other trees (usually vegetables and oranges.). The tree is combined with other plants and is under a shade tree, then managed simultaneously and given organic fertilizer.
Balinese coffee uses a wet/washed process to remove the pulp from the bean, in contrast to most processes in Indonesia which use a dry process. The yield is also different because it produces green beans that are larger than arabica grown in other areas.
The unique taste of Bali Kintamani coffee is a fresh sour taste like citrus fruits without leaving an aftertaste in the mouth. The body is medium and the aroma produced is very strong and sweet. There is no spice taste like in most coffees in Indonesia.