For the Price of a Cup of Waerebo Coffee – A few posts ago we showed you some photos from the Waerebo. Here is another photo of the village. It’s super welcoming, has great architecture and more importantly, we truly recommend Waerebo coffee to anyone who visits the village.

When you visit Waerebo, before reaching waterfalls from the village, you pass community coffee planting. Favorable climate and fertile soil produce high quality coffee, which is one of the main crops for Waerebo. Coffee plantation also protect the village from landslide, because Waerebo is prone to landslide due to steep shape contour. Wildlife such as birds, squirrels, and civet can also be found at coffee plantation area.

Local community started to plant coffee when King of Todo received coffee seeds from King of Bima under sovereignity of Kingdom of Gowa in 18th century. According to elderly, this spesies was local high qualilty products just like Arabica, and it is called King Coffee. However, nowadays only few trees are left. This coffee is planted in limited area around Gendang house. Waerebo community started to plant various spesies since the coloniazation era of Portugese and Dutch, by using seed from Sita – and area close to Borong, East Manggarai District. At the moment, local community plant several spesies, which are Arabica, Robusta, and Colombia.

Waerebo coffee is organic because they are planted without any pesticide. During harvesting, picking coffee beans is an attraction activity for travel junkies. After harvested and peeled off, the coffee beans will be dried at the house yard. After processing, they reuse the waste from coffee grinder for soil fertilizer. Every Saturday, locals carry coffee beans and other crops to be sold at a market in Dinthor, which is held every Monday. In the afternoon, they will climb back to Waerebo by bringing daily needs such as rice, sugar, salt, fish, and many more.

Grind the coffee in the traditional way. ? #mtma3thunity #mtma

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A cup of hot black coffee with a distinctive flavor will be an unforgettable treat, which served to respect and appreciate the travel junkies who visit Waerebo. Organic Waerebo coffee, which is grown naturally in the mountain, has good quality that is able to compete and worth to be marketed all over the world.

Just a note, if you are thinking of coming please leave no trash behind. And take with only memories, photos and videos.

Stay tuned for our adventures in the Waerebo.


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