by Larry Luxner (The Washington Diplomat)
If anyone doubts the importance of Indonesia to coffee’s enduring popularity around the world, consider this: for years, “java” has been synonymous with coffee. People don’t ask for a cup of brazil or a cup of colombia, they ask for a cup of java.
Overpopulated, tropical Java is, of course, home to well over half of Indonesia’s 240 million inhabitants. It’s also where Dutch colonists introduced coffee plantations along the island’s northern coast three centuries ago.