Jakarta. The Wonderful Batam Fiesta Coffee and National Cuisine festival in Batam, Riau Islands, on Nov. 10-12 managed to attract thousands of local and international visitors to enjoy a wide range of artisanal coffees made by local baristas.
The festival featured coffee exhibitions, a barista contest, a manual brewing contest, community gatherings and a culinary exhibition.
"We want Indonesian coffee to be more popular," the head of Batam Tourism Agency Pebrialin said on Sunday (12/11).
The festival was the brainchild of the Non-Star Hotel Association of Indonesia (PHNBI) and was held at Kepri Mall in the middle of Batam.
"Batam is not a coffee-producing region, but we have a lot of great baristas," Pebrialin said.
Esthy Reko Astuti, the Tourism Ministry's tourism development deputy, said Batam shares many of the same culture and traditions with nearby Singapore and Malaysia — including coffee drinking.
Indonesia produces many types of coffee, including Toraja from Sulawesi, Gayo from Aceh, Amugme from Papua and the famous Luwak coffee produced from civet droppings.