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Kita Bisa: A Collective Effort to Move Mountains Wendyl Smith The History of Coffee in Indonesia Spilling the Beans on Jakarta All For One and One For All
 

Kita Bisa: A Collective Effort to Move Mountains

One of the things standing in the way between an idea and its realization is resources. As a nation, Indonesia has an impressive range of resources, be it natural, social and even monetary. What we might be lacking is the connectedness of resources to produce something great. Without connectivity, our individual resources are limited to [...]

Wendyl Smith

Meet Wendyl Smith, an American expat inspiring a small group of farmers to create a coffee that is out-of-this-world delicious and livelihoods that are sustainable. When did you start living in Kintamani? I moved to Kintamani early 2009. I had long felt called to the mountains around Batur. I already had a deep friendship with [...]

The History of Coffee in Indonesia

Imagine a world without coffee! Even if you are not a coffee drinker, imagine the shopping centres and high streets without the ubiquitous coffeehouses, coffee shops, cafes and other outlets specializing in the sale of espresso, cappuccino, latte, café noir, mocha, café macchiato, or just java. But several centuries ago, coffee was prohibited in quite [...]

Spilling the Beans on Jakarta’s Best Boutique Cafes

Coffee is the most widely used natural drug on the planet and its popularity shows no signs of abating. It was apparently the Dutch who first introduced coffee drinking to Indonesia, but in some parts of the country, coffee has been used in religious rituals for centuries. Indonesia is now the third largest coffee producer [...]

All For One and One For All

The only thing to expect in the short-term from Joko Widodo’s election as Indonesia’s seventh president is uncertainty, largely because the losing contestant, Prabowo Subianto, seems incapable of conceding defeat. Have you ever heard of D’Artagnan complex? Best known as a character from The Three Musketeers, D’Artagnan was a real life French nobleman and soldier, [...]

Just Two Hands: Reducing Plastic Bags

27 August 2014

Imagine on one fine morning, you are strolling down the street, and then someone robs you. But they won’t take your stuff because the thing they want the most is the plastic bag that you’re carrying. Gerakan Indonesia Diet Kantong Plastik (GIDKP) is a social movement, advocating in a “zero waste lifestyle” and dieting the [...]

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Odyle Knight: Astrologer, Author, Lecturer

27 August 2014

It is appropriate that the theme of divine providence is the common thread running through all of Odyle Knight’s three books. Her belief that a universal force guides us along our journey is fundamental to her life’s path, as is the call of destiny, the right to make our own choices and the presence of [...]

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Hold Still, Dumbo

25 August 2014

There are very few things more therapeutic in the morning than a cup of coffee (and even fewer you can write about in a magazine like this). The smell and the taste and the very act of preparation are all parts of a ritual that is inseparable from ‘the morning’ for billions of people all [...]

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Bunaken: Two Sides of an Underwater Paradise

25 August 2014

The Sulawesi city of Manado is known for many things: its spicy (and sometimes wacky) food, its cosmopolitan and beautiful women, and, of course, its staunch Christianity – there is said to be a church for every 100 metres of road in Manado and its surrounding area. But more than any of these, Manado is [...]

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Posted in home, Travel

In Vino Nonsense

25 August 2014

The jailing of an Indonesian man in the US earlier this month for selling millions of dollars of fake wine will not dampen Indonesia’s enthusiasm for overpriced and overhyped wines. Fine cars, fine art and fine wine are status symbols throughout the world. Indonesia is no exception, evidenced by affluent people driving sports cars in [...]

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Posted in home, Scams in the City

How the Other Ninety Ninth Live

25 August 2014

Some time ago I had the privilege of being invited to a jolly Chinese Malaysian’s house. He was a big noise in the bar and offered to prepare sashimi. One Saturday evening, some friends and I pulled up outside his palatial gates and were ushered in. Everything was grandiose, like a three storey wedding cake [...]

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Posted in home, Observations

Meet Roger van Tongeren, General Manager of Marketing & Communications of Starbucks Indonesia.

25 August 2014

Please tell us a bit about your background. Where are you originally from? How long have you been living and working in Indonesia? I am originally from Holland, born and raised there and have three siblings (three sisters). Two of them live in Holland and the other lives in America, so we are all a [...]

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Posted in home, Meet the Expats

Silver Solitaire

22 August 2014

Jewellery simply doesn’t care whether you are a size zero or size plentiful; it will add to your frippery and move you up a notch or two. It can announce your arrival in a regal way and make you look like a slick, stoosh, rich bi**h! Jewellery is a cleverly crafted piece of crag, don’t [...]

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Posted in Fashion, home

Edy and Rachmat, the 3-in-1 Coffee Guys

22 August 2014

For Edy and his son Rachmat, coffee is a family affair. This father and son duo have been brewing coffee, dishing out mie ayam, and doling out the occasional roadside pijat session since the Suharto days. Back behind the hustle and bustle of Sudirman, tucked away in the shade of Senopati, sits Edy and Rachmat’s [...]

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Posted in Faces of Indonesia, home

Liberica: Rully Darmawan

22 August 2014

Firstly, I’d like to know a bit about your background. Where did you study and what got you interested to be a part of the coffee industry? I had a vision that one day I would be in the F&B industry but my background is not in F&B; no background and no professional experience – [...]

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Posted in Business Profile, home

A Festival About Coffee

20 August 2014

A FESTIVAL ABOUT COFFEE Indonesia’s first truly independent celebration of specialty coffee and the Asian premiere of the acclaimed documentary A Film About Coffee. Jakarta, Indonesia – Tuesday, 19 August 2014 This weekend, Saturday and Sunday August 23rd and 24th, Percolate Galactic and THE GOODS DEPT · are bringing you the first annual A Festival About Coffee. [...]

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Posted in home, Lifestyle

Open Letter to the Gracious People of Indonesia

12 August 2014

Dear Friends, I am writing to ask for your support in bringing to light the truth about the recent allegations regarding the Jakarta International School, and Ferdi Tjiong and Neil Bantleman, two JIS faculty members who are currently in police custody. I appeal to you in the name of the community we share. Let me [...]

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Posted in home, Observations

Daisy Luck Strikes Again

11 August 2014

I love the way the Indonesian language and the English language have blended over the years. For example, many non-Indonesians would have heard of the infamous spy Matahari long before they learned that her name is the Indonesian word for the sun (literally “the eye of the day”). And those who have not heard of [...]

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Posted in Comedy, home

Pilius, the Dayak Kenyah Elder

11 August 2014

Pilius was born in paradise, in a place called Long Saan, deep in the heart of North Borneo. I interviewed Pilius recently in Setulang, the village where he has lived for the past 44 years. Pilius talked to me about growing up in Long Saan as a young boy. “I was 15 when I made [...]

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Posted in Faces of Indonesia, home

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