Many of the islands of Indonesia were formed by volcanoes and therefore have naturally rich soil that is ideal for growing coffee, so it’s no wonder that some of the world’s most famous coffees are grown on these islands. The Ijen Plateau on the island of Java – with its lush forests and fertile land – is perfect for growing exquisite, high altitude Arabica coffee. In total, there are around 3,000 hectares of land that are used for the cultivation of coffee.
The beginning of the coffee industry in Indonesia can be traced back to the arrival of Arabica coffee on the shore of Java in 1696. Although the native farmers of Java were the first to cultivate Arabica, it soon spread throughout many provinces of Indonesia. By 1712, years of harvesting provided the first bag of Indonesian coffee to be exported to Amsterdam. Java coffee is known everywhere for its high quality, earthy taste, and distinct aroma.