Coffee was first produced in Sumatra in the 18th century under colonial domination by the Dutch.
The majority of Sumatran coffee is grown around the Lake Toba district in North Sumatra with it's high altitude. There is another major growing area near Lake Tawar in Aceh province in the far tip of Sumatra.
The best coffee grown in Sumatra is exported to around the globe. While traveling around Sumatra you may not appreciate the way the Sumatrans serve the local brew. Generally they just dump a spoonful of ground coffee in a cup and the add hot water with no filtering process. You need to leave the coffee sink to the bottom of the cup before drinking otherwise it has a very gritty texture but is sure a great kick starter in the morning.
There is very little pasteurized milk in Indonesia so generally when you want a white coffee they add condensed milk which then makes the coffee extremely sweet.
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Last updated 20th July 2008
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