If you’re looking for a loyal company, then coffee is your sure answer. Whenever and whatever the occasion, some people think that coffee is a friend that can give many inspirations. The distinctive and diverse aroma contained in a single cup can make the coffee drinker’s mind relaxed. However, it all depends on each person’s taste. In the end, the right coffee will find it’s own lover.
When we’re talking about taste, in the world of coffee lovers, Indonesia has quite a lot of coffee types, from Sabang to Merauke. Several areas even have the potentials to produce many local coffees with world standard. Lets say Luwak coffee, Gayo coffee from Aceh, and Toraja coffee, which has undebatable fame in the international world. Among all of those, there’s Papua coffee.
It’s known as Wamena coffee. Whereas Papua is famous for its exotic charm and beautiful nature, Wamena coffee has also grown to be a primadonna among coffee lovers. This coffee has several features because it grows on Baliem valley, an area in Jayawijaya mountain with a 1,600 meters height above the sea level and a temperature of 20 degrees. This location of coffee plantation affects the quality of coffee to become light bodied with deliciously strong scent.
The acidity of Wamena coffee from Papua is quite low. This is resulted from the mountainous geographical condition of the coffee plant. One barista and Q Grader from Djournal Coffee, Sendydjaja Genta Susilo also said that Papuan coffee has placed first as the top variety of Indonesia. “If I can pick five, the first would be the Papuan coffee. The flavor is very interesting, it’s affected by the geographical factor,” said the man who is known as Sendy, previously, in a public cupping event at Grand Indonesia, Jakarta.
Another special feature of Wamena coffee is the characteristic of its plant that can’t grow alone unless it’s shaded by the surrounding shade trees, such as Kaliandara, Erytrhina, and Abizia. Not to mention the character of this coffee plant that grows naturally, hence 100% organic, which makes this coffee different from those that are planted using chemical fertilizer. Indeed such a plus point of this internationally famous coffee, the Wamena coffee.
Wamena coffee is not the only variety that grows on Baliem valley. The papuan land is in fact has other areas with coffee plants that grows on Kamu valley in nabire, the eastern side highlands, which surrounds Moanemani city. Those two areas are known to produce 230 tons of coffee per year.