Jakarta. After playing Jody, a coffee shop co-owner, in the film "Filosofi Kopi," actor Rio Dewanto says he has grown increasingly intrigued with Indonesian coffee.
To prove his love for coffee, earlier this year the actor opened a cafe named after the movie in the Melawai area of South Jakarta. At the homey coffee shop, where every corner is decorated with memorabilia from "Filosofi Kopi," a range of drinks like cappuccinos and lattes are brewed fresh from local coffee beans.
Rio's support for the local coffee industry was finally recognized on Tuesday when he received an award at the 2015 Indonesian Coffee, Tea and Chocolate Convention at the SMESCO building in Jakarta. Supported by the the Tourism Ministry, Agriculture Ministry and Industry Ministry, the award was also handed to Tedja Wahyu, Tazbir, A. Syafrudin and Coklat Bombana.
"After opening the Filosofi Kopi shop, I became more concerned about Indonesian farmers," Rio, 28, explained in a statement.
He cited the issue of regeneration among local coffee farmers as among the key problems plaguing the industry across the country.
But Rio remained optimistic about the great potential for Indonesia as the go-to place for the world's coffee enthusiasts, with its rich variety of high-quality coffee beans.
"This award encourages me to contribute more to society, especially when it comes to increasing the welfare of coffee farmers," he said. "I want to see Indonesian coffee farmers get more recognition in their own country."
It is a vision that Rio aims to bring to life through his next film project: a "Filosofi Kopi" sequel titled "Ben & Jody," which is scheduled for release in 2016. He will reprise his role alongside his co-star in the original movie, Chicco Jerikho.