Vast coffee plantations in the Kintamani mountains of Bangli, Bali, are enveloped in a light fog on this chilly morning. Pak Made is admiring his coffee plantation, which is surrounded by various other productive plants like oranges, bananas, corn, chilies, and peanuts. He's feeling happy and grateful about the ripe fruit ready to be harvested. It appears that the start was not as idyllic as portrayed. Despite growing up in a coffee-growing family, Mr. Made pursued a higher education in law and earned a Bachelor of Laws degree, but then he prefers to be a coffee farmer. Pursuing a passion outside of one's academic field can lead to a fulfilling and unique career path. In 1986, while other coffee farmers in Kintamani were switching to grow orange trees, Mr. Made remained loyal to his coffee plants and planted them alongside his oranges. He had a broad mindset and was knowledgeable about coffee, which helped him make this decision. Despite facing criticism from other farmers, Mr. Made's dedication to growing coffee has paid off, with his product now in high demand and well connected with Kopi Seru. The story of Mr. Made and his family highlights the potential of Kintamani coffee and the importance of government support for coffee farmers. With increased attention and investment, Kintamani coffee has the potential to become one of the best coffees in Indonesia and even the world, leading to greater prosperity for the farmers and the region as a whole.
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