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The Indonesian Embassy in Cairo tries to increase Indonesian coffee exports to Egypt through the "Coffee Diplomacy" promotion program in four provinces in the country. In a written statement on Saturday (31/7), the Indonesian Embassy in Cairo explained that the "Coffee Diplomacy" activity was aimed at fostering relationships and maintaining the loyalty of Egyptian importers to Indonesian coffee. It is hoped that Indonesian coffee imports will increase, both in terms of quantity and type or varieties, such as Robusta and Arabica.  

The demand for coffee, which is increasingly in demand and its market increasing in Egypt, of course, also needs to be accompanied by efforts to intensify coffee plantations in Indonesia which can produce selected and quality coffee beans. This was stated by Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt, Lutfi Rauf while visiting the Zahret El Bon Brazili Coffee Factory in Sharqiya Province last Thursday (29/7). The factory can process an average of 9 to 11 containers of coffee beans from Indonesia every month. The “Coffee Diplomacy” activity continued by visiting the Vacakis Coffee Factory in the Alexandria area on Friday (30/7).

Laila Karam, owner of the Vacakis Coffee Factory explained that her company imports and processes 90 percent of its coffee beans from Indonesia to meet the needs of Egyptians. The average production of Vacakis sachet coffee can reach 2 tons per day or 50-60 tons per month. The growth trend of coffee bean consumption in Egypt is predicted to continue to increase during 2021, triggered by increased industrial activity and creativity in processing Indonesian coffee in Egypt during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to a report from the Indonesian Central Statistics Agency, in the January-May 2021 period, Indonesian coffee exports to Egypt reached US$31.22 million dollars or around Rp450.8 billion. This number is up 38.74 percent compared to the same period in 2020.

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