Su-re.coffee: ensuring a green future for coffee in Indonesia

Su-re.co established Su-re.coffee project which is committed to solving climate change and social welfare issues through market forces in the coffee trade. We are working to implement sustainable solutions with the use of renewable energy and waste alleviation. Biogas is a useful technological tool to successfully achieve this goal. With the help of the coffee community we can make biogas more accessible and make a real, positive impact on the world! We have the opportunity to enable Indonesians to provide a high quality, sustainable product for generations to come and make Indonesia a true powerhouse of the international coffee community.
The project has goals to educate and inform the coffee community on the potential uses of biogas, climate change, and sustainability; to promote Su-re.co as a unique and invaluable player in the coffee business; and to encourage coffee shop owners to seek out local farmers and community development opportunities in Indonesia instead of importing coffee.
Su-re.coffee wants to utilize biogas as a promising transition pathway for climate change adaptation and mitigation. It is believed to enable opportunities for rural households to diversify livelyhoods and get access to clean energy
It is also considered as an incentives initiatives to create demand for biogas for households.
The project Identified the problem of climate change as an undeniable reality. Indonesia as an island nations is projected to be the most impacted parts of the world. Based on research done at Su-re.co, it has identified particularly vulnerable regions including west Bali and Ende, Flores. Bali will experience temperature increases and precipitation is going down. Bali and other parts of Indonesia are experiencing a drought. Acute symptoms of climate change are apparent now and will only get worse in the future.
The Su-re.coffee is providing a solution for climate change (CC) adaptation & mitigation is key to protecting livelihoods of Indonesian communities. The project is switching farmers to coffee in order to make them more resilient to CC. There is larger demand for Bali and Indonesia coffee. Using good agriculture practices (GAP) will have the least greenhouse gas production, agricultural waste, and water consumption. This will be natural processing for vulnerable areas and value added biogas-coffee.
Value added of the project is providing farmers with know-how of post-harvest processing increases value added to the end product; Teaching sustainable processing, drying, and roasting of coffee; producing sustainable products, like organic and fair trade, provide customers with a sense of higher value toward the product that will ultimately benefit farmers and help alleviate poverty; creating green business and eco-friendly products are in extremely high demand in modern society; and raising high value end products will ensure steady incomes of farmers even if quantity may be diminished.

Bioenergy-coffee nexus as part of climate-smart agriculture

After the International Workshop, Indonesia case study of WP7 GreenWin continued to implement the project into a community-based project namely Su-re.coffee which intoducing bioenergy to coffee value chain and the farmers. The Su-re.coffee is done in partnership with Su-re.co.
Recently, Su-re.co promoted the Su-re.coffee as part of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) in 5th APAN (Asia Pacific Adaptation Forum), 17-19 October 2016 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Su-re.co opened a booth to share the Su-re.coffee project’s information and products. Many visitors came to the booth and interested to the project, as well as enjoying the coffee from local farmers in Bali. The Su-re.coffee has been working with Bali farmers to enhance their adaptive capacity to practice climate smart agriculture. In the booth, Su-re.coffee’s team provided matrix for people to giving feedback about the coffee-bioenergy project. The matrix showed that there are demands and interest to utilise bioenergy along the coffee value chain.
In the 5th APAN, the project also organised a session entitled ‘Effective multi actor collaboration in advancing climate smart agriculture”. The session was hosted in partnership with ASEAN Climate Regional Network and invited renowned speakers; Charlers Rodgers (ADB), Lisa Schipper (ODI, SEI), Jarot Indarto (Ministry of Development Planning, Indonesia), Ranjith Punyawardena (Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka), Margareth Y (Department of Agriculture, Thailand) and Thanda Kyi (Ministry of Agriculture, Myanmar). The moderator was Takeshi Takama (Green-Win).
The CSA has been practised by the farmers in South East Asia for many years under the name of good agriculture practices, organic farming and sustainable farming. However, the CSA still needs to be improved by effective multi actor collaboration among stakeholders, in order to make the CSA not becoming an oxymoron in which agriculture becoming parking lot for poor farmers. Takeshi Takama, stated in the session that the CSA should be more than agriculture and climate change, post-harvesting process such as using bioenergy for coffee roasting is also important part which needs to take into account to support poverty alleviation for farmers. This strategy can be a win-win solution for agriculture development as part of green growth.