My visit to Kopi Mukidi is not without a purpose. I decided to bring my backpack, hop on to the next nomad destination after Jakarta – Yogyakarta – Magelang to Temanggung, a small town that has two mountain: Sindoro and Sumbing, with the view of another 5 mountain summit: Andong, Merbabu, Merapi, Ungaran, Muria if you saw it from Posong area.
Luckily, I have an uncle from Parakan, Temanggung who live with my aunt and their three kids. I stay with them during my four days in Temanggung and they show me around as well as introduce me to their coffee related friends.
There is also “Temanggung Fair” when I come in Saturday and we visited the fair in Saturday night where my uncle want to show me the coffee exhibition in the fair. As predicted, I come to their home that night with bunch of coffee beans from different roaster and farmer: Arabica Prau from Rumah Kopi Temanggung, Arabica Sindoro from Sigandul coffee, Yellow caturra Sindoro from Kwadungan Coffee. Basically, the coffee beans in Temanggung are mostly from Sindoro and Sumbing mountain with the average high of of 1.200 – 1.600 mdpl. However, there are several coffee from Prau mountain as well.
Kopi Posong: Between Two Heart, Sindoro and Sumbing
In the next day, my coffee trail discovery brought me to meet Mr. Tuhar, the owner of Kopi Posong KUB. Daya Sindoro from Tlahab village. His house located near Posong tourism destination which also famous after the movie “Filosofi Kopi” . In fact, the movie use Mr. Tuhar’s coffee farm for the shooting, if you notice.
“I used to be a tobacco farmer and then I convert some of the farm into coffee farm, started the plantation since 2010 and I got the support from the Government to get a roaster machine designed by Bandung Institute of Technology in 2015, and now I got invitations, take airplane for free, never because of planting tobacco, but coffee.”
Mr. Tuhar share his story on the changing life from being a tobacco farmer into become a coffee farmer. It was a very hard and challenging decision and even until now, there are still so many tobacco farmers that did not put the respect and trust on him. The culture of tobacco that has been around the city since hundred years ago make it so hard to convert farmer from planting tobacco into coffee.
“Farmer will never reach a great wealth if they still planting tobacco because its a big business with a lot of political issue inside, a lot of big player and domination. However, different with tobacco, coffee is different. As a farmer, I plant my own coffee, harvest it, process it into natural, full wash, semi washed, honey, wine (black – red – yellow), roast it with my own roaster, package it, and sell it. As a farmer, its still possible to do a coffee business from seed to cup and it is impossible to do a tobacco business from seed to cigarette.”
My discussion with Mr. Tuhar went far from talking about the tobacco industry until coffee industry. Even though its challenging, he still have the faith in coffee and do not care about what other people say about him. He believe that Temanggung can compete in the coffee industry worldwide, even Temanggung coffee beans already won several ward nationally and internationally.
Kopi Mukidi: You Never Think There is a Coffeeshop Inside this!
My uncle and aunt introduce me to Mr. Tuhar and the next morning, they bring me to Mr. Mukidi! As you can see from the photos above, there is a big different from outside and inside. I will never think there is a hidden treasure inside this house. A very beautiful wooden design of coffee bar that Kopi Mukidi has.
I started my visit by visiting the roaster inside his “coffee kitchen” where I found his wife, Mrs. Sumi, in the process of roasting Sindoro and Sumbing coffee.
Mr. Mukidi is still brief his two girl barista since we came in the morning around 8am, they are about to start working in the cafe. After the briefing done, Mr. Mukidi come to join me in the kitchen and explaining about his own coffee roaster. He mention that he design this together with his friend who can make the machine and keep improving it until the third trial that he own right now. I thought he buy this machine somewhere and surprise when he told me he create this by himself and even sell it to the other for less than 10 million rupiah (<US$1,000)! He become famous because his profile appear in the famous comic book in Indonesia and he is the pioneer of Temanggung coffee farmer and roaster back then in 2012, before everyone thinking to process coffee.
However, he has a big vision. His purpose is to not only selling coffee and making money. Beyond that, he would like to empower farmer to be independent economically, and reach wealthiness through coffee. He encourage a lot farmers to join him in planting coffee, do a well preparation for planting, harvesting, and post-harvesting process, even roasting, and opening up your own coffeeshop.
He gave me a short lecture based on his experience on the “economy of coffee”, on how farmer will get bigger income if they can process the coffee from seed to cup. The highest value of coffee is in the cup of consumer and he proof what he said by having his own coffeehouse.
Mr. Mukidi is very humble – he does not have a big house, a lot of cars, or high position, but he surely has a big heart and big vision. I also see that he is very passionate in doing his job, really enjoy what he is doing. I told Mr. Mukidi, “We need more farmers like you, Mr. Mukidi. Keep spreading the virus!”
In my encounter of my coffee trail with coffee enthusiast and farmer from the US, Canada, Japan, Peru, Puerto Rico, Tanzania, and now Indonesia, I got a lot of perspective in doing coffee businesses. It really depends on what is your vision.
Do you want to make a lot of money, or you want to make the best quality of coffee, or making impact to the farmer? Do you want to do the whole business from seed to cup, or you want to focus on the farming, harvesting, post-harvesting, or roasting? or you want to create another coffee shop or coffee stall in the urban city? It will make a lot different in the process of doing the coffee business and setting up a strategy.
What do you think will interest you the most?