With the theme Heroes, Ubud Food Festival 2020 Presented by ABC highlights figures behind the Indonesian culinary scene, who play a significant role in nourishing Indonesia’s gastronomic world. “For our sixth year, we want to recognize and celebrate the people behind the extraordinary flavors and evolving stories of Indonesia’s culinary landscape,” says our Founder & Director Janet DeNeefe. For the third installment of our Local Heroes Series, we speak to Ayu Sudana, Managing Partner of Bali Beans in Badung, Bali.
Ayu Sudana learned about coffee growing, farming and processing since she was only 5 years old, from helping her parents grow and harvest coffee cherries on their family owned plantation in Kintamani, Bali. “For many years, we were dependent on brokers to purchase our coffee after harvesting, which they always did when the price is low,” said Ayu. She further explained that price is dictated by the amount of coffee available in the market, so the brokers would often stock up on their supplies and would not purchase from farmers when the price is high.