Indonesian coffee farmers seem to have enjoyed a bumper harvest this year, if participation in the third biennial Indonesia Specialty Coffee Auction is anything to go by.
The committee of the auction, organized by the Specialty Coffee Association of Indonesia (AKSI), received 144 samples of fresh coffee from local small-scale farmers in 13 regions — a big jump from 62 in 2012 and 30 in 2010. Certified Q and R coffee graders will select the top 30 samples prior to the auction, which will take place using the English “open outcry” system on Oct. 10 at JIExpo in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta. The benchmark score for the auction is 84.
The coffee tasting, known as cupping, will be carried out by Q and R graders on Oct. 8 and 9.
“From the increasing number of entries we can see how the industry is developing,” said auction organizing committee chairman Irvan Helmi, the owner of Anomali Coffee.
The entries consist of 105 lots of Arabica, 17 Robusta and 22 Luwak coffee from Aceh, North Sumatra, West Sumatra, Lampung, Bengkulu, West Java, East Java, Bali, Lombok, Flores, Toraja and Enrekang in Sulawesi and Wamena in Papua.Each lot weighs between 600 kilograms and 1.5 tons.
Lots smaller than the international standard are intended to give a sense of preciousness that may jack up the price.
“In the last auction, Toraja Sapan coffee was sold the highest with a price of US$45 per kilogram, nine times higher than market price,” said Resianri Triane, an auction organizer.