Visitors at the “Taste of Amsterdam” annual culinary promotion event in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, sampled Indonesian coffee, noted a press release from the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague, the Netherlands, received by ANTARA News here, Tuesday.
At the annual event, some 5,314 people were able to sample coffee in a booth themed “Indonesia Coffee House.”
Indonesian Ambassador to the Netherlands I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja stated that the Taste of Amsterdam was an event for Indonesia to conduct culinary diplomacy.
“This year is the third time the Embassy in The Hague has participated in the event. In 2016, we are promoting Indonesian coffee,” he noted.
Coffee has become a part of the history of relations between Indonesia and the Netherlands as it was the Dutch traders who had brought coffee seeds to Indonesia in the 17th century.
According to the ambassador, coffee is one of Indonesias leading export commodities. Indonesia is the fourth-largest coffee producer in the world. In 2015, Indonesia had produced 550 thousand tons of coffee beans.
Until the end of the event, 7,001 people had visited the Indonesia Coffee House and enjoyed coffee and Indonesian culinary delicacies.
Among those visiting the booth, 5,314 people sampled Aceh Gayo and Malabar Natural coffees, which were served free of charge.
Harry Puts, a visitor, praised the taste of Indonesian coffee. He suggested that Indonesian coffee should be made without blending it with coffee from other regions.
Some cafe businesses and food importers have contacted the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague and have expressed their keeness to start selling Indonesian coffee in the Netherlands.
As many as 125 renowned restaurants and cafes from all over the Netherlands took part in the Taste of Amsterdam event in 2016. Every year, the event receives over 30 thousand visitors, with each spending at least 50 Euros to enjoy food and beverages at the event.