TEMPO Interactive, Semarang:The Central Java provincial government will continue to boost coffee production both for domestic consumption and export.
“The coffee export target from Central Java by 2013 will be 50,000 tons,” Teguh Winarno, the Central Java Plantation Office chief said yesterday.
In 2013, coffee production in Central Java is projected to reach 75,000 tons. This year, coffee production from Central Java is only 30,000 tons, half of which is targeted to be exported. “The export target this year is between 16,000 and 17,000 tons of coffee,” Teguh said.
According to Teguh, the coffee market overseas will continue to increase. European and Middle Eastern countries remain the ideal market for coffee exports from Central Java. Central Java mostly produces Robusta and Arabica coffee.
Teguh added that around 70 percent of the total coffee production from Central Java per year was Robusta coffee while 30 percent was Arabica coffee.
To boost coffee production, Central Java has allocated an additional 22,000-hectare space across the region. The administration is also looking at producing coffee in Magelang, Semarang and Wonosobo.