Forty-seven miles from the heart of Bali lies mountain scenery and a clean breeze in Kintamani. Kintamani is well-known for its fertile soil. It is also where ‘Bali Orange’ and other agricultural products including premium coffee beans are grown.
We partner with a local coffee farmer, Wayan Warta who showed us his beautiful village which used to be called ‘Bali Arabica’ in Sastra Banjar region. In Banjar Sanda, lies a 3-hectare coffee farm which is tended by a group of farmers with 69 active members led by Mr. Wayan as its founding member.
Coffee in Banjar Sanda has been growing since the Dutch colony, but it never gained any national attention until in 1975 when the local government started introducing a new variety known as ‘Line S795’. Wayan Warta's coffee journey started back in 2003 when he and other farmers processed the coffee beans with traditional wooden equipment. Years later, he realized that they need modern pulper, huller, and storage facility to expand their coffee production.
During our visit in 2021, we were proud to see that they were able to afford the modern and advanced equipment in their processing facility. The machinery is run and maintained by his daughter, Anjas who studied Technical Engineering to support her father and the local farmer's community.
Mr. Wayan’s determination, hard work, and care for his coffee as he talks, is an interesting story that is well blended and reflected into the cup of coffee which he humbly offers us today.