Enjoy Manggarai Coffee from Flores

The Specialty Manggarai Coffee from Flores

The Specialty Manggarai Coffee from Flores

I hear stories of friends Flores coffee in the office is well-known for its delicious taste. I myself am not a coffee lover, just occasionally I drink coffee when they feel sleepy while working in the office. In a distinguishing taste of coffee, to be honest, I still do not understand and laity. Indonesia For some people, coffee is the beverage most suitable favors and served to guests who come to visit the house.

Denge village in Manggarai Regency is the place where I first tasted coffee Manggarai. When I would visit Waerebo, I have to go through the village Denge. At that time there were only Homestay is owned by Mr. Blasius was empty, seeing my confusion, Pak Agus, who is a neighbor of Mr. Blasius call and entertain me with coffee Manggarai.

At first, I thought the coffee was packaged coffee drinks are sold in the market. But after I kiss more fragrant aroma. I then asked Mama Agus (wife of Pak Agus) who said that the coffee is traditionally made not by using a grinding machine. Seeds beans were obtained from Waerebo and I happened to be visiting Waerebo afternoon.

Manggarai Regency is a district on the island of Flores, East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia. The capital of the district is Ruteng. Its area is 7136.4 km², including Komodo island with a population of 504 163 inhabitants. Manggarai Regency is known for its agriculture, among others: coffee, cloves, vanilla, chocolate, and many others. People Manggarai also famous for hospitality. One of the famous dances of Manggarai is already well-known dance abuse in many countries such as Europe and Australia

Manggarai Coffee from Flores

Manggarai Coffee from Flores

Flores, of the Portuguese language, which means “flower” is located in the province of East Nusa Tenggara. Not many know that this is the first name Pulau Nipa island (Snake Island). Many of the mountains are still active and non-active stretching along 450 km of this island. Manggarai is one coffee producing districts in Flores Island is the most developed. In addition to coffee, Manggarai district also has other commodities such as tea, vanilla, and chocolate. Manggarai Flores coffee varieties are typical and grew between 1300 – 1500 meters above sea level.

Manggarai Flores coffee is processed by the wet method or sometimes referred to as the full wash. After drying, green bean Manggarai Flores flavored almonds / pistachios added with a slightly sweet aroma of tropical fruits such as melons. Dry fragrance can be detected during the grinding process is fruity caramel (some say as fragrant dodol). Once brewed, fruity caramel aroma wafted still quite dominant, thick body, the coffee tasted sweet with low acidity with a fruity chocolate finish in the maturity level city plus plus.

Roasted Manggarai Coffee

Roasted Manggarai Coffee

Coffee from the region Manggarai, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, with a distinctive taste and strong aroma, are already well known. Manggarai coffee from this region is also known as the master copy, which is estimated to have been popular since the Dutch colonial period. Manggarai also became one of the centers of production of coffee (Coffea sp), the largest in the province. Commodity “black pearl” is also a common livelihood of local communities so that they can send their children to higher education.

Commodities coffee has also become one of the mainstay export of plantation crops. Coffee Manggarai penetrates the international market with high prices because the quality is good. Coffee export destination in Indonesia, including to the United States, Germany, Australia, Japan, as well as countries in the Middle East region.

However, in reality, the results of a coffee plantation in Manggarai, which has been split into three districts-Manggarai regencies, West Manggarai, and East Manggarai-it now tends to lag behind production quality estates in other districts, Ngada.

East Manggarai district is hilly with an altitude of 1100-1300 meters above sea level is ideal for coffee cultivation. Based on data from the Department of Agriculture and Plantation East Manggarai district, the area of coffee plantations in 2010 recorded 16 997 hectares (the largest in Manggarai district) with a production of 5,289 tons.

Harvest of  Manggarai Coffee

Harvest of Manggarai Coffee

The composition of the type of coffee grown is Arabica coffee area of 3,790 hectares and covering an area of 13 167 hectares of robusta coffee. Each hectare produces 500 kilograms and 450 kilograms of robusta coffee arabica coffee. Of the six sub-districts in East Manggarai, everything has a coffee plantation, the largest area in the District Poco Ranaka, which 2365.65 hectares and 885 hectares of Robusta, Arabica coffee.

As in Manggarai regency, according to data from the forest department and local plantations, the total area of arabica coffee in 2010 covering an area of 2767.63 hectares, with the level of productivity of 367.53 kg per hectare. Robusta coffee plants covering an area of 4261.65 hectares with a productivity of 353.89 kg per hectare. While in Ngada the total acreage of the manggarai coffee farm was only about 2,883 hectares with a production of 2,242 tons (2009) even higher levels of productivity, which is 777.80 kilograms per hectare.

In the second day, I was in Waerebo, I took myself to see the process of making manggarai coffee. When it came time to harvest coffee, rural communities will reap the fruits of the coffee from the garden and brought it to the village. Fruits of the coffee must be ground with a mortar beforehand so that the skin attached to the seeds of coffee can easily be set aside.

They use sorting trays to simplify the seeds of the skin. From the tray selected one by one the seeds that have been chipped perfect coffee. Well after the beans have been fully liberated from the peel, then the seeds of coffee sun drying. Seeds beans were mostly traded and distributed to the village of Denge, Village Dintor, even to Ruteng.

The rest of the seeds of manggarai coffee that is not sold, they keep it in-house Niang as supplies, if needed, then they cultivate the seeds of coffee it into a powder that is ready brewed coffee. Every day, the Society Waerebo bear weighing 20 -30 Kg coffee beans down Mount Pocoroko for sale. Proceeds from sales of coffee beans with a swapped for rice to be brought keWaerebo, given in Waerebo not produce rice.

The Specialty Manggarai Coffee from Flores

The Specialty Manggarai Coffee from Flores

Buying coffee powder in Waerebo was rather expensive, so I was just buying coffee beans only. I decided to make the coffee grounds in the village with the help of Mama Agus Denge. The seeds are dried initially roasted coffee, roasting is the process of frying without oil over low heat.

With stones and fired stove firewood, Mama Agus began stirred the seeds so that the whole surface of the coffee beans roasted. This process takes up the seeds of black coffee. Furthermore, the seeds of black coffee pounded in a mortar until smooth and refined if it is only then that coffee can be brewed with hot water.

As a person who lay in the coffee world, I was quite able to distinguish processed coffee traditional packaged coffee and I’m sure everyone layman would be able to tell. The fundamental difference is of fragrant coffee, coffee is traditionally processed more fragrant than the packaged coffee. How does it feel? From the fragrance alone, we can guess the delicacy of taste, we can enjoy with or without sugar, according to taste. Coffee Manggarai most delicious when served with Tete Teko (Talas), the way I feel when chatting with residents Waerebo.

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