Indonesian Executed in Saudi Arabia

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Indonesian migrant worker Siti Zainab was executed on Tuesday (April 17) in Saudi Arabia. The Indonesian government have launched a protest against the Saudi Arabia government for not notifying Indonesian government representative or the family of Siti Zainab regarding the date of the execution.

Coffee Industry: Royal Pacific Industry

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Royal Pacific Industry is a California based coffee importer established by Heru Khoe, Steve Hidajat and also Michael Lee. The company imports green coffee beans from all over the world. Royal Pacific Coffee Industry has been selling various single origin specialities from Indonesia, including Sulawesi, Java, Bali and Flores. [Continue reading]

Kristiono, the New Chairman of the Indonesian ICT Society

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The Indonesian Information and Technology Society (Mastel) has just appointed the former President Director of PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (IDX: TLKM), Kristiono, as its chairman for the 2015 to 2018 period. Kristiono replaced Setyanto P. Santoso, who has been serving as Mastel’s chairman for two three-year periods. [Continue reading]

Coffee Industry: The Kapal Api Group

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Kopi Kapal Api is one of the oldest Indonesian coffee brands. It is owned by PT Santos Jaya Abadi of the Kapal Api Group; the group established by the late business man Go Soe Loet in 1927. Go Soe Loet established his company under the name Hap Hoo Tjan, selling coffee powder in the traditional market in Surabaya, East Java. The brand Kapal Api itself only started in the 1930s. [Continue reading]

Conversation with Michol Dalcourt, Inventor of Fitness Equipment

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One can’t talk about the fitness center business without talking about fitness equipment, without which there wouldn’t be any fitness center. There are hundreds of type of fitness equipment, but the one that recently became a favorite among gym-goers in Jakarta is the ViPR, an acronym for vitality, performance and reconditioning. On Friday (April 10), we managed to speak to Michol Dalcourt, the inventor of ViPR. [Continue reading]

A Move toward Coffee Agrotourism

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The Indonesian government tried to promote the country’s tourism at the 57th Brussel Holiday Fair. They were targeting European Union tourist through Indonesian speciality coffee—Sumatra coffee, Toraja coffee, Bali coffee and also Papua coffee—, capitalizing on the fact that Indonesia is one of the largest exporters of coffee to European Union countries. [Continue reading]

The 2015 Handicraft Fair

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The Indonesian government and the the Association of Exporters and Producers of Indonesian Handicraft (ASEPHI) are currently holding a handicraft trade event called the International Handicraft Trade Fair (INACRAFT). The event lasts for five days from April 8 to 12 at the Jakarta Convention Center. Yesterday, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo officiated the opening ceremony of the 17th INACRAFT. [Continue reading]

Coffee Industry: JJ Royal Coffee

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When I went to buy a bag of roasted & ground coffee in the supermarket, I noticed JJ Royal Coffee’s fancy packaging. The whole thing look as if it was an imported coffee product. But noticing the single origins specialities on offer—Bali, Toraja, Sumatra, Papua, Flores and Lampung—, and upon further examination of the packaging, it became clear to me that JJ Royal Coffee was actually an Indonesian product by PT JJ Multi Utama Indonesia. [Continue reading]