Jakarta – BRIN Public Relations. Indonesia is rich in natural resources, one of which is coffee. The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) has invented an Appropriate Technology (TTG) for coffee roasting, with a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) gasolec heater and an automatic temperature recorder.

This technology will be utilized by BRIN partners, one of them is CV. Kokoffie Tekno Innovasi (KTI), through a patent licensing cooperation agreement. This cooperation was marked by the signing of a licensing agreement, which was signed by BRIN’s Acting Deputy for Research and Innovation Utilization, Mego Pinandito and Director of CV. KTI, Koko Konian, at the B.J. Habibie, Thamrin, Jakarta, Thursday (24/03).

Head of BRIN’s Food and Agricultural Research Organization, represented by Acting Head of TTG Research Center, Achmad Sarifudin, said that this licensing cooperation is the second time made with partners which utilize BRIN’s invention of coffee roasting machine technology.

“Hopefully, the development of this equipment and technology can be more widespread and improve the economic level of the community, especially coffee farmers,” he said.

Achma said that this licensing cooperation does not stop here. BRIN and CV. KTI will continue doing research collaboration in developing equipment and technologies for coffee processing, one of which is technology related to ccoffee fermentation process.

“This fermentation process technology will produce specific coffee with a certain taste and aroma, for example, the taste of fruit or with the aroma of wine, and so on,” explained Achmat.

Director of CV. KTI, Koko Konian, said that his company cooperates with BRIN in utilizing this invention, using the engineering technology to make small-scale coffee roasters with a capacity of 1.5 kilograms with an LPG gasolec heater.

He admitted that, for the past 2 years, he had no problems in using the BRIN’s coffee roaster.

“We use BRIN’s coffee roaster machine for routine production reaching 50 to 70 kilograms of roasting/coffee per month. This technology is able to produce the products that customers expect to have,” he said.

Koko recounted how he started his business in February 2020. Starting from his hobby; drinking coffee, Koko dreamed of reviving the potential of the country’s  variety of coffee, especially coffee from Kuningan, West Java, which is 90 percent robusta coffee, and at the same time empowering the local community.

The business unit that he leads, continued Koko, was a startup domiciled in Kuningan Regency, engaging in the businesses of agricultural machinery repair shops, roastery, and processing of local Arabica and Robusta coffee.

After signing the licensing agreement with BRIN, he said, CV KTI will further study this coffee roasting technology, both in terms of the price components, repairs, machine characteristics, manufacture of materials, before it is ready for commercial production.

Koko hoped that the presence of a small-scale coffee roaster in Kuningan with affordable prices and quality, can fulfil the needs of potential markets around Kuningan regency, such as Cirebon, Majalengka, Sumedang, Garut, Tasikmalaya, Subang, and Indramayu.

“The existence of small-scale coffee roaster through CV KTI is a strategic effort to provide the coffee processor community with access to appropriate technology, which will ultimately improve mastery of technology,” he said.

BRIN Acting Deputy for Research and Innovation Utilization, Mego Pinandito, said that this licensing cooperation is one of the initial steps to take advantage of the results of research and innovation with industrial partners.

According to him, all results of research must be useful, both for the scientific community through international publications, patents, and partners that can use these research results to their advantage.

“Hopefully the results of this research can be useful for the community for sustainable development,” he said (tnt).