ABOUT JAVA KOEK
‘Java Koek’ is slang used amongst Javanese farmers, meaning; ‘originally Javanese’ or Javanese’s back-woods. By identifying ourselves with this name it is a reminder to ‘Java Koek’ coffee connoisseurs that the authenticity of our coffee is our primary concern. ‘Java Koek’ is a very old strain of coffee that was first introduced and planted in the 16th century.
HISTORY OF OUR BEAN
Java coffee is not endemic to Java island, rather, the first coffee plants likely originating from Yemen, were imported by the Dutch to Java in the 16th century. The characteristically small size of our older strain beans are sometimes shunned by those who prefer newer varieties of coffee bean that are more uniform and larger in size. Yet we scour for the original germplasm of older traditional Java coffee strains at locations where the coffee bean was originally introduced and grown throughout the centuries. Java Koek coffee retains that same beautiful flavour as the original coffee collection enjoyed in the courts of King Louis XIV.
OUR UNIQUE TASTE
The unique taste of Java Koek coffee is created through a combination of retaining the original genetic makeup of the early strains of coffee first introduced to Java and the unique environment in which it is grown. Java Koek Arabica coffee grows in a natural forest environment. These forests are comprised of sub-montane forest vegetation (sub montana) generally dominated by a rich array of woody plants characterized by a medium height canopy and an abundance of epiphyte species (orchids and ferns). Dominant types of woody plants found at these locations include; Jamuju (Podocarpus imbricatus), Kantil (Michelia champaca), and Cinnamon (Cinnamommum burmanii) – all of which through time contribute to the complex and sophisticated flavour of Java Koek coffee.
In order to retain the unique taste of Java Koek coffee from sub-montane forest through to your coffee cup, we implement a rigorous process from harvesting through to storage in the warehouse whereby natural fermentation until drying is used.
Our Java Koek Arabica Coffee can only be grown in a natural forest environment. This creates a symbiotic relationship between coffee bean and tree. In essence, one cannot do without the other. The pressure to deforest on this heavily populated island is high, and yet if these montane forests are cleared, it would no longer be possible to grow this unique coffee cutting off a source of much needed income for the community. Through our work with Java Koek coffee farmers we have created a collective awareness of the importance of maintaining the natural forest vegetation linked to the continued production of Java Koek Arabica Coffee. In addition, no artificial fertilizers are used during coffee production, rather the farmer use vegetative litter (leaves and twigs) found on the forest floor as a source of nutrients to feed the growth of the coffee.
OUR UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP
At Java Koek, we are not traders that float through a complex network of middlemen from community to community in a transient and opaque manner sourcing only small volumes of high-quality beans at painfully low prices and rejecting the majority of a farmers crop. Such trading practices places a huge pressure on the resilience of a farmer that forces them into a cycle of debt and malpractice that yields a lower quality crop using unhealthy pesticides and fertilizers
At Java Koek we create a direct and long-lasting relationship with each farmer. We are a social business that establishes a permanent physical presence in our production areas aimed at empowering farmers by delivering a comprehensive outreach system and connecting them to the market.
Our physical training site and outreach program allows for direct farmer coaching, collaborative training sessions and access to a wealth of information. In turn, through the trust is built with existing farmers, and by word of mouth, many other farmers arrive from all over the region seeking to join and benefit from Java Koek. It is a strong and sustainable model that is growing.
Every time you buy Java Koek coffee, you will directly help farmers improve both their independence and resilience, maintain the demand for a traditional coffee bean from Java, and support the protection of natural forests.
IZABELLA HOUSE,24 – 26 REGENTS PLACE, CITY CENTER,BIRMINGHAM, B1 3NJ
PT. CETRO TAMA INDONESIA,SETRO RAYA RT. 03 RW. 011, DESA GONDORIYO, KECAMATAN BERGAS, KABUPATEN SEMARANG, CENTRAL JAVA, INDONESIA
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