Chapter Notes

Chapter 10: Coffee is Colonised



Establishing coffee farms in Java was a shift from everything that had happened in the past.


Coffee production in Java was based on brutal economics pure and simple. There was a commercial need to produce coffee that was good enough to compete with the Yemeni exports.


The Javanese coffee experiment wasn't an easy birth. It took bull-headed determination on the part of the company overlords to see it through. The investment in time, money and people was enormous.


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Unlike the plantations set up in the Caribbean, there wasn't a pool of slaves to choose from. The Dutch were forced to use a form of contract labour, bringing in thousands of Chinese and natives from other islands in the Indonesian archipelago.

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