The island of Borneo contains the Indonesian country of Kalimantan, the independent Brunei in the North, as well the as the Malaysian countries of Sarawak and Sabah. It’s located near some highly reputed islands – with Sulawesi to the East, Sumatra to the West and Java to the South, it may one day become a powerhouse producer.
Borneo coffee is cultivated in southwestern Sarawak on the lowland slopes mostly in Bidayuh villages and Chinese farms. The coffee beans are dry processed and sun-dried. Coffee is also grown on Borneo’s northernmost tip in the Sabah region.
Borneo is not a major coffee producer, and not a member of the ICO. Like many islands and regions nearby, much of the crop is consumed locally or sold within the region and doesn’t make it to North American or European markets.
Borneo Coffee Plant Varietals
Both the lower grade Robusta and higher grade Arabica coffee bean is grown, mostly on small farms, most of the coffee production in the Borneo and mainland Malaysia is Liberica Coffee which was first grown in the area in 1875.
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