Not a lot of Croatians are familiar with Indonesian coffee."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian coffee was introduced in Zagreb, Croatia, on June 8-10 during an event titled "Indonesian Specialty Coffee: From Cup to Cup" organized by the Indonesian Embassy in Zagreb in cooperation with local entity, Tanamera Coffee.

During the program held in two locations --- the Indonesian Embassy in Zagreb and a coffee shop in the Croatian capital --- a representative from Indonesia introduced a variety of Indonesian coffee beans, including Gayo Aceh, Solok Sumatera, Toraja Sulawesi, Flores, and Malabar.

"The last day of promotion in the cafe was open for the public, and some 600 people had the opportunity to sample the single origin coffee that our team had brought," Dini Criddle, Tanamera Coffee owner, noted in a press release received by ANTARA News in Jakarta, Monday.

Tanamera Coffee, as the governments partner in promoting Indonesian coffee in the global market, also presented the process of coffee production, from the enhancement of farmers harvest results and the process of coffee production to the simulation of roasting techniques as well as brewing methods using filters or espresso machines.

The Indonesian Embassy in Zagrebs Economic Functions Executive Widjoseno Sastroamidjojo remarked that the promotion efforts had drawn the interest of several coffee roasters, industry makers, and Croatian coffee importer to buy Indonesian coffee products and coffee beans that are deemed high in quality.

This interest will boost the entry of Indonesian coffee into the Croatian market, as well as other European countries, he emphasized.

"Not a lot of Croatians are familiar with Indonesian coffee. Seeing the high demand for Indonesian coffee and the potential to attract Croatian tourists that reached 12 million in 2015, we are confident that Indonesian coffee products can be successful in the southeast European market," stated Sastroamidjojo.

Coffee consumption in Croatia is high as its people prefer spending time in coffee shops in addition to the rapid growth in the number of such outlets in the southeastern Europe country.

Despite having a total population of only 4.2 million, the coffee consumption rate in Croatia is rather high, reaching 15.9 tons, or 2.8 kilograms per capita in 2013.

Based on the data retrieved from Euromonitor, Croatia was ranked 14th on the worlds coffee consumption index.

Meanwhile, other Southeast European countries, such as Slovenia, Serbia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, are also listed among the 15 countries, with the highest per capita coffee consumption rate, with each reaching 6.1, 5.4, and 4.3 kilograms.

(Reported by Yashinta Difa/Uu.KR-ARC/INE/KR-BSR/H-YH)

Editor: Priyambodo RH
Copyright © ANTARA 2016