Jakarta. A coffee shop specializing in Indonesian artisanal coffee will open soon at the Bojeong-dong Café Street in Seoul. The shop will sell ground coffee and coffee beans from different regions in Indonesia, a minister said on Thursday (14/07).
The South Korean coffee market is estimated to be worth more than $3 billion according to the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service. But the country remains a relatively minor market for Indonesian coffee produce, trailing far behind main coffee export destinations the US, German, Japan and Italy, according to Indonesian Coffee Exporters Union data from 2007 to 2014.
"As one of the top coffee consumers in the world, South Korea should buy more coffee from Indonesia," Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Anak Agung Gede Puspayoga said.
The Indonesian specialty coffee shop will initially sell coffee beans grown in three cities: Temanggung in Central Java, Denpasar in Bali and Bandung in West Java.
Bandung will showcase its Priyangan coffee, Denpasar its version of kopi Luwak — the famous civet coffee and Temanggung its Arabica and Robusta coffee.
There is no detail yet on when the shop will be opened or how much it will cost to build it.
Indonesian bakers to learn from South Korean master bakers
The plan to open the shop was hatched when the Korea Federation of Micro Enterprise, or KFME – which represents South Korea's seven million small businesses – and the non-profit International Council of Small Business, or ICSB, signed a memorandum of understanding on June 16 at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
The partnership agreement will also allow KFME to provide training for Indonesian bakers, taught by South Korea's prominent bakers.