goodmorningpapua.com – Before the sunset behind the hills in early October, Alfa Hikinda brews arabica coffee manually, like a Barista, V60. The Nutty, like peanuts smells, overspreads when you take the first sip from the glass cup. Another aroma followed later, fruitty and chocolate at the end before steeping swallowed into the throat.
Through coffee, Alfa is able to recognize the characteristics of different people. And because of coffee, the 34-years-old man wants to do a lot for the people around him.
The first time he founded the Waena Project Street Coffee House (RKJP), Alfa thought, to create a business that could make everyone to enjoy coffee without having to spend more. It was coffee that forced Alfa to learn grain by grain, and the pleasure of sipping it.
He also created a community with more than 40 members. The name is the Numbay Coffee Community. From there, Alfa did any kind of education about coffee. Furthermore,
In order to do well through the community, Alfa felt the need to explore coffee by taking courses. He then shared the knowledge from the course with his colleagues.
The effort is merely done so that they can be independent by entrepreneurship. Alfa is aware that his dream is not as easy as turning the palm of the hand. So, he looks for sponsors who are willing to support the barista class.
“So that some of our brothers living on the street because of the influence of alcohol, to have a business and leave bad things. That’s our goal to form a barista class,” said Alfa.
By mid-2021, Alfa has accomplished for educating more than 50 students. In his latest class, Alfa and his community completed a course at the vocational training center for young coffee entrepreneurs.
In addition to making coffee processing classes, Alfa and his friends also provide training to coffee farmers in Papua to improve the quality of their products. The coffee chosen by RKJP as the source of processing is coffee from the Bintang Mountains Regency.
The reason is that the district, which is located in the Jayawijaya Mountains, has an altitude of 400-4,000 meters above sea level. The area is 90 percent highland.
According to Alfa, Papuan coffee is starting to be interested in many consumers, but in Jayapura, there are relatively few shops that use authentic Papuan coffee. “Because there are not many who manage it well, we are starting to improve so that the amount produced is large. Most of them from outside (Papua) ask for tons of it, while we, for farmers, are very overwhelmed with that,” he said.
The community strives to increase the quality and production of Papuan coffee so that the magic of coffee is also felt by the farmers. In the end, the standard of living of the farmers can be raised.