Indonesia’s Alko Sumatra Kopi (ALKO) has presented its speciality-grade Arabica Kerinci coffee to the China market.

The coffee was introduced by the company CEO Suryono Bagas Tani at the Virtual Indonesian Coffee Promotion 2021 for the Chinese market.

It was organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia.

ALKO produces 350t of export quality speciality-grade Arabica Kerinci coffee beans annually.

The company was also awarded the Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practice Certificate and owns exclusive rights for supplying beans to major coffee chains internationally.

It serves several roasters in New Zealand, the US, the UK, Norway, Japan, Malaysia, France, Russia, and the UAE.

The company has adopted a coffee traceability blockchain technology for its buyers to trace the journey of coffee from farm to cup.

The technology was developed in partnership with global blockchain company EMURGO.

Tani said: “With more than 600 farmers that we empower, if there are buyers who are not satisfied with the quality of the product, now we can immediately find the root of the problem and make improvements for both farmers and roasters.

“Blockchain is very helpful in increasing productivity and maintaining the quality of coffee beans.”

Indonesian ambassador to the People’s Republic of China and Mongolia Djauhari Oratmangun said that coffee consumption has been increasing by 30% annually since the opening of Starbucks’ first outlet in Beijing in 1999.

Meanwhile, Indonesia’s coffee export value exceeded $833m in 2019.