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Mangisi Sinaga, a smiling merchant of coffee from Samosir Island

Mangisi Sinaga, a smiling merchant of coffee from Samosir Island


"This is my son Mangisi Sinaga, the merchant of coffee”, said his friendly mother Boru Siringo-ringo to me as I visited them on Tuesday 25 October 2011 at their business site in Hatoguan Village. Photo1: Mangisi Sinaga, ST (right) and Dr. Sabam Malau (left)
Hatoguan Village is part of Palipi Subregency of Samosir Regency of North Sumatra Province of Indonesia. Hatoguan Village locates at Samosir Island. Hatoguan Village takes place at the beach of Toba Lake, one of the world’s beautiful lake.

Mangisi Sinaga is alumnus of Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), one of the top 10 universities in Indonesia, in year 2010. In March 2011, he decided to be a coffee entrepreneur as he was convinced that coffee trading has good economic value and can give him profit. He is still bachelor and young with age of 24 years old. He sells parchmented coffee bean as well as green bean to buyers in Medan. To produce green bean, he leases other…

Amazing : A 85 years old Farmer of Coffee

Amazing : A 85 years old Farmer of Coffee

What do you think if a very old coffee farmer requests a book of coffee cultivation from you?
Photo: Dr. Sabam Malau (left) showed how and where to put organic fertilizer. Mr Sitanggang (right), a decrepit  farmer of coffee, at Rianiate Village. Photo taken on Wednesday 26 October 2011.

I was very impressed by Mr Sitanggang who is a coffee growers in Rianiate Village of Simanindo Subregency of Samosir Regency of North Sumatra Province. Rianiate locates at the beach of Toba Lake, one of the world’s most beautiful lake. Mr Sitanggang is 85 years old, a very old man.  


I met him at his coffee field on Wednesday 26 October 2011 as I saw him uprooted the weeds. The coffee field locates beside the street. I let my car stopped, stepped down, walked towards him, and greeted him. I introduced my name and my organization i.e NSCF-North Sumatra Coffee Forum.  He informed me about himself.
We then discussed about coffee cultivation technique. In the discussion…

Managers of VOLCAFE and DAK MAN and Chairman of NSCF met together

Managers of VOLCAFE and DAK MAN and Chairman of NSCF met together



Meeting with expert, professional and competent managers of VOLCAFE and DAK MAN had made great happiness to me. Mr Michael Lutz, the General Manager of PT VOLKOPI INDONESIA at Medan, introduced me to them.  Photo 1: Elisabeth J. Barry at Laboratory of PT Volkopi Indonesia in Medan. Photo taken by Dr. Sabam Malau on 7 October 2011.
Photo 2: Mr Le Nghia Tri Dung at Laboratory of PT Volkopi Indonesia in Medan. Photo taken by Dr. Sabam Malau on 7 October 2011.
Mr Le Nghia Tri Dung is Warehousing & Quality Manager of VOLCAFE Ltd at Representative Office in Ho Chi Minn City, Vietnam while Ms Elisabeth J. Barry is Operation Manager of DAK MAN (MAN – Bouon Ma Thuot Coffee Processing & Export J.V.Co.) Vietnam. Ms Elisabeth J. Barry is a lady from United Kingdom (UK).



As Chairman of North Sumatra Coffee Forum (NSCF), I informed to them the duty of NSCF. We talked also about coffee world including coffee production, quality, a…

The Toba Lake Coffee Research Initiative (LTCRI) Project

The Toba Lake Coffee Research Initiative (LTCRI) Project


PT Volkopi Indonesia (member of VOLCAFE GROUP, the Coffee Division of ED&F MAN) together with North Sumatra Coffee Forum (NCF) signed Memorandum odf Understanding (MoU to do the Lake Toba Coffee Research Initiative (LTCR) Project.  The LTCRI project period is 4 years, starts on 12 September 20111 and end on 11 September 2015. 
Photo 1: Mr. Micahel Lutz and Dr. Sabam Malau signing on 3 October 2011 the MoU of LTCRI Project 
 The MoU is signed on 3 October 2011 by Dr Sabam Malau (Chairman of NSCF) and Mr Micahel Lutz (General Manager of PT VOLKOPI INDONESIA) at Mr Lutz’s office. Prior to it, the gentle agreement was made on 12 September 2011 (see and click page PT Volkopi Indonesia Sells Only the Best Bean of Coffee; also see and click page Coffee Breeding by PT Volkopi Indonesia and NSCF).


PT Volkopi Indonesia is one of the biggest coffee exporter company, headquarteredat Jalan Pelajar Ujung Gang Sempurna 15 Medan, North Sumatra,…