Indonesian coffee varieties have received recognition through a gourmet product award in Paris in a competition held by the Agency for the Valorization of Agricultural Products (AVPA).
In a statement released by the Indonesian Embassy in France, 23 varieties of coffee from Indonesia received recognition on Oct. 23 in a ceremony on the sidelines of food expo SIAL Paris in the French capital.
AVPA President Philippe Juglar handed over the AVPA Gourmet Product Paris 2018 award recognizing the coffees to the embassy’s deputy head Agung Kurniadi.
More than 170 world coffee producers from around the world participated in the competition, such as Brazil, Colombia, the United States, Kenya and Peru. Among the participants, 11 producers representing 23 Indonesian coffees were recognized.
The award is divided into four categories: Gold Gourmet, Silver Gourmet, Bronze Gourmet and Simple Gourmet.
Winning coffee beans came from various regions across Indonesia, including Toraja, Bali, West Java, Yogyakarta, Manggarai, Aceh and Lampung.
Three coffees won the Gold Gourmet title, namely Kopiku Tanah Air Kita, Le Plein d’Sens Kopi Luwak France and Mengani Bali.
Indonesia is the second country to receive the most awards, following Colombia which won 25 awards for 14 coffee producers.
President of the jury, André Rocher, expressed his excitement at the quality of Indonesian coffee that is widely varied and progressing. Another judge, Serge Edmond, also said several countries, including Indonesia, had good roasting quality.
The AVPA is a French organization that aims at helping producers of agricultural products from around the world promote their products in the European market. Every year, the AVPA holds “Coffee roasted in their country of origin” competitions to promote coffees in Europe.