The roots of coffee in Indonesia can be traced back to the arrival of Arabica coffee on the shore of Java in 1699. Today, the island is almost synonymous with coffee, and although a great part of the region’s production has historically been Robusta, Indonesia’s estates and exporters have recognised the worldwide demand for Arabica and have actively sought to replace Robusta with Arabica whenever possible. Today, Java produces very fine specialty coffee, and the government-owned estate of Blawan is producing beans of the highest export quality.

Almost all of Java’s Arabica is grown on 5 large, government owned estates – Blawan (alt. Belawan, Blauan), Jampit (alt. Djampit), Pancoer (alt. Pancur), Kayumas and Tugosari – all of which are located at around 1,300 metres on the Ijen Plateau. The estates were established more than 100 years ago under the Dutch colonial rule; upon Indonesia’s independence, after World War I, the government created a department called the PTP to revive and manage the large Arabica plantations. These estates account for 85% of Java’s total coffee production. Blawan alone produces 1,500 tonnes of green coffee annually.

Coffees from the nationalized PTP farms (most notably from Blawan and Jampit) are grown at higher altitudes and offer distinct characteristics influenced by their microclimate, rich volcanic soil and processing method. PTP estate-grown Java, including this coffee from Blawan, is fully washed—a rarity in Indonesia. The result is a great, full-bodied coffee.

With notes of elderflower and black currant and a lovely, heavy body, this coffee make a good espresso blender and works equally well as a filter coffee.

Coffee Java Blawan (alt. Belawan, Blauan)
Farm Government Estate (2268 hectares)
Variety Typica and Catimor hybrids
Process Fully washed & sun dried
Altitude 1100 - 1500 m
Region Bondowoso, Ijen Plateau
Country Java, Indonesia
Harvest 2015

Cupping Notes

Cocoa, fig and coconut water with floral notes and a big, heavy body