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Sinondang, Traditional Organic Coffe

The roasting result was the main determinant of the production, the word ‘Poktan’ was chosen to be the label of organic coffee powder packaging in Bolaang language called Sinondag.



MANADO, – Sinondag is an organic coffee brand produced by Farmers Group of Bobungayon, Bilalang Village, North Kotamobagu District. The processing is still doing manually by relying on human.

The farmer group is headed by Asni Mokoginta, people from Bilalang Dua Village, and has 25 members. Each member have a coffee plantage with an area of ​​approximately one hectare. The location of Poktan Bobungayon’s coffee plantage is in the Bobungayon area.

To Zona Utara journalist team, while visiting the coffee plantage on November 27, 2017, Asni explained that Poktan coffee business was formed in 2015. When it was formed, they did not know exactly what is meant by the term organic coffee. Through the counseling and training sought by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Kotamobagu City, they finally understood that organic coffee is more important than coffee using chemical fertilizers.

In 2016, Poktan Kopi Bobungayon successfully obtained certificate of organic farming, from Indonesian Organic Farming Certification (Inofice). Since then, Poktan Bobungayon has been intensely had trained about organic coffee.

The journalist trip team was invited to enter their production area. Inside had a Lesung to pound coffee, a large frying pan with roasting stoves, and a coffee bean grinder.

“To produce organic coffee, we still use simple equipment and still traditional,” said Asni.

Due to the traditional equipment, the production of their organic coffee powder can not be much produce.

“We need more time in roaster process. We have to do it thoroughly and precisely. The size of the flame affects the roasting result. Coffee can be burn,” explains Poktan Coffee Bobungayon.

The roasting result was the main determinant of the production, the word ‘Poktan’ was chosen to be the label of organic coffee powder packaging in Bolaang language called Sinondag.

Local market is the main choice to supply this organic coffee.

In order to be in demand and compete, we have to sell it at promotional prices aka low prices, Rp 10.000 per 100 grams,” said Asni.

Poktan Bobungayon also produces organic coffee of green beans. With the two processed products, green beans and powder, Asni hopes, the Government can help their marketing problems.

Editor: Ronny A. Buol


Explore Manado: Culinary Tourism in Manado City

And if you like spicy foods, then maybe your tongue will be happy if you take it to Manado.



MANADO, – Almost every regions in Indonesia has their own unique culinary. Each of them has different taste in combining the foods. And if you like spicy foods, then maybe your tongue will be happy if you take it to Manado.

Manado, North Sulawesi is popular with its culinary tourism, a variety of unique traditional food has been known in both Indonesia and aboard. The most popular foods in Manado are chilies, fish, and meat. Manadonese food is famous of two things: the Minahasa eat absolutely anything, and the flavor of choice is very, very spicy. Sugar is used little if at all, with flavor added through lemon and herbs.

Well, here are the lists of culinary tourism in Manado:

  • Sambal Dabu Dabu

A spicy condiment made of hallots, peppers, bird’s eye chili, lemon juice, and some diced raw tomatoe. The Fresh and sour tasty, and spicy of course. It is perfect match with smoked fish.
  • Ayam Rica Rica

Ayam rica rice made from chicken and lots of chili that cooked in a thick coconut milk and lime.

  • Woku

Woku is the name of fish and spice mixture that cooked in a clay pot. Because it was cooked in a clay pot for a long time, Woku would have an amazing aroma when it is served warm and make you hungry immediately.

  • Tinutuan

Tinutuan or better known as Manado Porridge. A wet food made from rice, noodles, pumpkin and various vegetables such as corn kernels, spinach, kale, basil, yellow gourd, and gravy. Tinutuan has been the icon of Manado city. It is mostly preferred as a breakfast menu. So, it would be very easy to get this food every morning either it is on a street food stands or even a fancy restaurant. But if you want to taste the best and most original taste of Tinutuan, then you need to try one at Jalan Wakeke.
  • Extreme Culinnary

Manado city is popular for using strange meat on their dish. Such as: snake, pork, dog, bat, rat. You can found these extreme foods in Tomohon city, Kawangkoan village, and Langowan village.

Manado city also has two traditional drink, they are saguer and cap tikus made from palm tree. Just drinks enough as you can, because these both could make drunk.

Here is the recommended culinary list restaurant in Manado city:

  1. Boulevard area on Jalan Piere Tendean.
  2. Wahaha Seafood Restaurant at Kawasan Foodcity Mega Mas, Jalan Bulevard 2 Blok Food City No. 1.
  3. D’Terrace at Mega Mas Beach Area
  4. Raja Sate BBQ & Asian Resto on Jalan Boulevard No. 9
  5. RM Swadaya on Jalan Sam Ratulangi No. 374
  6. Wisata Bahari Resto on Jalan Wolter Monginsidi No. 1.
  7. City Extra Restaurant on Jalan Raya Tanawangko, Kalasey Village.
  8. Nasi Kuning Saroja in Jalan Diponegoro No. 9.
  9. Wakeke Area on Jalan Wakeke
  10. Raja Oci Restaurant on Jalan Sudirman No.85
  11. Green Garden Restaurant on Jalan Dr Sam Ratulangi 52

Wonderful places in Manado…

Editor: Ronny A. Buol

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