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Among the archipelago nation of Indonesia lays its hidden jewel, the island of Bali. The eruption of the Volcano Gunung Agung in 1963 caused a delay in the progress of coffee cultivation on Bali. In response to this setback, the government enacted programs in the 1970’s and 1980’s to help rejuvenate coffee growth. With the promotion of coffee seedlings to local farmers, an island wide coffee growing campaign began.
Today, the growing area for coffee in Bali is an estimated 7,500 hectares. The Kintamani highlands, where most of the coffee is grown, sits atop a large volcanic plateau between 1300-1700 meters in altitude. Coffee tree varieties include a high percentage of Bourbon and Typica, along with shade trees such as Erythrina, Albiza, Tangerine and Orange. The use of pesticides is prohibited on Bali and all fertilizers are 100% organic.
The Subak Abian is a traditional farmer structure organization in Bali, the structure is similar to a farming cooperative. There are 13 different Subak Abians that are currently growing and processing coffee. The ”SA” oversee both agricultural and religions activities. The promotion of improved coffee growing practices is expected to enhance not only agricultural technology but social and economic standing in Bali as well. This jewel among coffees stands out with smooth body and overwhelming chocolate flavors.