Java: Kopiko

Kopiko can be purchased at most Asian markets.

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Kopiko are coffee candies from Indonesia. I’ve only seen two flavors here in the United States, coffee and cappuccino. The coffee candies are made with java coffee beans. The cappuccino candies have milk on one side, and java coffee on the other.

Although Indonesia consists of thousand of islands, Kopiko comes from the appropriately named island of Java. This tiny island hosts fertile, volcanic soil as well as a tropical climate, making this the home of the very best coffee beans in the world. Hence, in the United States and other global destinations, java is synonymous with coffee. Kopiko is owned by the Mayora Group, one of the largest candy manufacturers in Indonesia. Kopiko confectionary, although native to Indonesia, also has distribution centers in several countries around the world. (World of Snacks)

Java coffee refers to coffee beans produced in the Indonesian island of Java. The Indonesian phrase Kopi Jawa refers not only to the origin of the coffee, but is used to distinguish a style of strong, black, and very sweet coffee. Java’s Arabica coffee production is centered on the Ijen Plateau, at the eastern end of Java, at an altitude of more than 1,400 meters. The coffee is primarily grown on large estates built by the Dutch in the 18th century. The five largest are Blawan (also spelled Belawan or Blauan), Jampit (or Djampit), Pancoer (or Pancur), Kayumas and Tugosari, covering in all more than 4,000 hectares. These estates transport ripe cherries quickly to their mills after harvest. The pulp is then fermented and washed off, using the wet process. This results in coffee with good, heavy body and a sweet overall impression. They are sometimes rustic in their flavor profiles, but display a lasting finish. At their best, they are smooth and supple and sometimes have a delicate herbaceous note in the aftertaste. Some estates age a portion of their coffee for up to three years. During this time, the coffee is “monsooned”, by exposing it to warm, moist air during the rainy season. As they age, the beans turn from green to light brown, and the flavor gains strength while losing acidity. These aged coffees are called Old Government, Old Brown, or Old Java. (Wikpedia)

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