Environment

Buzzkill

Coffee & the future of biodiversity in Indonesia

by Vinita Ramani

Over 2 billion cups of coffee are consumed daily across the globe, making it one of the world’s most traded commodities. As growing demand threatens to increase deforestation, a small group of farmers and conservationists in Java, Indonesia are growing shade coffee to provide a refuge for biodiversity.

A Fading Forest Opera

Map view of Sokokembang

The One Beverage to Rule Them All

Comparing Arabica and Robusta coffee

Different shades for coffee

On the left: Anto. On the right: Arif.

Coffee being made at the kedai kopi in Sokokembang

Why coffee?

Infographic of coffee plants within an ecosystem

Coffee layers.

Bird hunters become forest guides

Pak Tasuri at his kedai kopi, where he serves the village’s shade-grown Robusta coffee.

Suparno (left) and Arif take a break and review photographs of Jatimulyo’s birds.

Coffee & conservation

Farmers at Gondang village in Central Java

Too lucrative, too long to wait
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Vinita Ramani / Writer

Vinita was an editor and writer at Kontinentalist. She has previously worked at Wildlife Reserves Singapore and co-founded an NGO to represent survivors of genocide in Cambodia before the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. She enjoys her daughter's animated babbling; swimming in oceans; Hindu mythology; ancient temple ruins; social justice and punk rock.

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