MILAN – In a bid to further popularize coffee and promote the coffee industry, the Indonesian Coffee Council (Dekopi) is established. The formation of Dekopi was initiated by former Minister of Agriculture for the period 2004-2009, Anton Apriantono.
The management of the Central Executive Council (DPP) of Dekopi will be announced on March 11, 2018 to coincide with the Nusantara Coffee Exhibition and Expo at Intermark Convention Hall, Serpong, Banten.
According to Anton Apriantono, the issues of the Indonesian coffee industry need to get more attention given the economic importance of this commodity.
He hoped Dekopi can spur the Indonesian coffee, which is restoring and enhancing the glory of the archipelago coffee.
Dekopi will provide input to the government or stakeholders to promote the national coffee .
As a first step, there is the above-mentioned coffee exhibition with the theme of Kopi Nusantara – Coffee of the Archipelago on 9-11 March 2018, in Serpong, Banten province.
The exhibition aims to let people know more about Indonesian coffee that is well known in a number of countries. Besides, this exhibition is also expected to increase public appreciation of the Indonesian coffee products.
Later, it will be proposed that March 11 to be the National Coffee Day as well as a marker of the rise of Indonesian coffee. Meanwhile, Jamil Musanif, Secretary General of Dekopi, said that the level of coffee consumption in Indonesia is still low compared to other countries.
Indonesian coffee consumption is around 4 kg per year. Jamil hoped with the formation of Dekopi, the consumption of coffee increases and the welfare of the coffee industry from upstream to downstream.