A Sip of Indonesia

Story By
Isaac William Jefferson Mandagie

A taste of exotic islands.

Kopi: Indonesian Coffee Craft & Culture
By Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy (Badan Ekonomi Kreatif)

The Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy under President Joko Widodo, has been pushing for innovative and expressive businesses accommodated by a steady political climate and solid economic growth. One of these creative businesses is coffee. The Agency has elaborated on the significance of coffee as a drink with the help of people who see coffee as something important for their lives. Coffee has transcended being just a beverage, it has found more meaning than that due to its importance as a cultural heritage, being a part of history, and its appearance in art, among other things. The development of coffee as a beverage has also opened the minds of people on how they see the drink, particularly in the descriptions of how a coffee tastes. By writing this book, the Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy has really shown insight with regards to coffee. The book is a genuinely interesting read.

Leaf It to Tea: Exploring the Fascinating Culture of Teas and Herbal Infusions in Indonesia
By Santhi H. Serad

Indonesia has a unique relationship with tea. Tea is possibly the most important beverage in Indonesia, due to its significance in history and culture. As well as being a beverage that can be relished any time of the day, tea has a cultural and spiritual value to it. Santhi H. Serad has been able to demystify tea by discussing its impact on Indonesia, the varieties, and the usefulness of tea as a herbal remedy. In conjunction with exploreing the traditions behind tea as beverage and tonic, it clearly shows how to brew the perfect cup of tea, with suggestions for recipes that are flavorful, comforting, and healthy. “Leaf It to Tea” is an informative book that really broadens one’s horizons on what we know about tea in Indonesia.