Su-re.coffee is a non-profit project that aims to synergize climate change mitigation and adaptation in Indonesia through clean energy and climate smart agriculture. It is currently supported by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program via the Green-Win and Transrisk projects.
In fact, climate change is a major issue in Indonesia as:
Indonesia's high population density, the 80,000-kilometer coastline and it's 17,500 islands make the country very vulnerable to changing climactic conditions.
Temperatures are raising and precipitations decreasing (the current climate is 1% hotter than in 1990).
30% of the working Indonesians are farmers. They are especially vulnerable to climate change due to their agricultural practices which are directly affected by the long dry spells and irregular rainfalls
HOW DOES THE SU-RE.COFFEE PROJECT WANT TO CHANGE THE CURRENT SITUATION?
Everything we do is first and foremost scientifically driven. Thus the goal of the su-re.coffee project is to combine climate change projections to determine the exposure and sensitivity of Indonesian areas to climate change.
Climate change adaptation includes supporting famers to switch to more profitable and climate adapted crops such as coffee. Additionally, sharing sustainable agricultural practices with them.
Climate change mitigation through clean renewable energy by developing our proper biogas digester solutions. This solution represents a good opportunity to stimulate a shift in energy production and supply among farmers’ communities, as it provides biogas and bio-fertilizer which can be used to fertilize crops and for cooking.
Biogas is a clean, renewable energy obtained from biodegradable organic materials such as kitchen waste and animal manure. The feedstock is added daily into a hermetically insulated bag, the digester. There, in the absence of oxygen, anaerobic bacteria degrade the organic matter and produce biogas and bioslurry during that process. The most common type of reactor installed is the fixed dome digester, widely used in China and India. Its installation requires skilled technical expertise and complex logistics, making installation expensive and time-consuming especially for rural areas. Moreover, a lot of these plants constructed by the government in Indonesia are now abandoned due to a bad follow-up strategy, an inefficient technology and a discontinuous source of feedstock.
Su-re.co aims at introducing the PVC biodigester to reduce the use of fossil fuel, achieve a closed cycle of material and especially alleviate energy poverty. However, biogas is not an higly desireble energy source for farmers, as they must invest in the biodigester. Moreover, LPG is highly subsidized by the government and wood is readily available to cut down in the nearby forest. Due to this reason, our objective is not only to use biogas for cooking, but also for further value adding activities connected to agriculture such as manual biogas coffee roaster or a biogas operated rice puffer machine. Such activities could generate additional income for the farmers and create job opportunities.
OUR BIOGAS DIGESTER
The biogas bag was developed by su-re.co and is easy to transport to remote areas with poor energy access. The PVC biodigester bag is a plug flow technology, that has a cylindric shape that leads to longitudinal flow of the substrate. The bag is made out of PVC 550, a material which is resistant, flexible and light. Its elasticity makes it suitable for achieving higher pressure with small space requirements. A net is also installed around the bag to protect it from animals or possible damages. The exposure to the sun leads to elevated temperature in the bag, that provides a faster and efficient degradation of the substrate. Moreover, the bag can be folded, easily transported and removed. The installation of the bag is relatively simple, and can be completed within one day.
Gusti Cakra – Jembrana, Bali
Gusti Cakra is a pioneer in his community regarding his sustainable agricultural practices. After experiencing the results of a drought six years ago, Cakra decided to switch from rice to a more climate appropriate alternative. He began to grow coffee and cacao. His success has attracted over 20 new farmers in his community to learn from his sustainable methods.
Lukas Lawa – Golulada, Flores
Lukas Lawa is the head of Golulada village. He quit his higher education to pursue his dream of improving smallholders’ farmers livelihood. He took any opportunity to increase his knowledge and skills on coffee cultivation. He walked miles through villages to try to assemble a group of eager farmers and get them to start thinking about working on coffee. Later on, he decided to start planting coffee in his own village. Now, they have already established the cooperative namely Kopsi. His passion for coffee has brought him around Indonesia and even to India.
Hungry Bird Coffee is a café located in Canggu, offering a wide range of locally sourced Indonesian coffee beans that are freshly ground and prepared to perfection. Hungry Bird is also contributing an essential part in the su-re.coffee project, as they are responsible for roasting our green coffee beans as well as grinding them.
Alive Wholefood Store
Alive Wholefood Store is an Organic Grocery Store in Canggu. They have passionately sourced Bali’s greenest suppliers of natural and wholefoods as well as stocking a general range of quality groceries. They are especially focused on supporting local eco-farmers. Nevertheless, they are offering a selection of your favourite imported goods that cannot be produced in Bali. They are also selling our su-re.coffee products at their shop.
Serenity Eco Guesthouse
Serenity Eco Guesthouse is one of Bali’s most eco-friendly family guesthouses. For instance, they have a permaculture garden, natural insecticides and pesticides as well as a solar-powered shuttle buggy. The house owned “Warung” offers various healthy homemade meals and also fresh brewed su-re.coffee. Furthermore they are selling su-re.coffee in their shop.