Django's Travels: A Focus on Sulawesi

Django's Travels: A Focus on Sulawesi

12/01/2016

At Django Coffee Co. we are happy to introduce a new single origin coffee to our profile. The coffee in question is Kalosi Toraja from the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Not only does Sulawesi produce excellent coffee, it is also an amazing place to visit. As an introduction to our new coffee we would like to tell you a bit about the island in which it comes from.

Sulawesi is an island located amid the centre of the Indonesian archipelago, east of Borneo. The unusual shape of the island, in the shape of the letter “K”, comprises of four peninsulas sprawling out from a mountainous centre. [1] The population of the island is 17 million and it is ranked the 11th largest island in the world, comprising of an area of about 188,500 km ². [2] The population is very diverse with no less than 114 languages being spoken. [3] Bahasa Indonesia is the official language although many of the older generation speak Dutch due to the three and a half centuries of Dutch colonialism, English is also widely spoken in the main tourist areas. The main religion on Sulawesi is Islam with the majority of Muslims being Sunni. Other religions include Christianity, with 17% Protestant and 2% being Roman Catholic. [2] Most people from the island get their income from either the land, forests or sea. The exportation of shrimp, teakwood and of course coffee are of a huge importance to the island. Sulawesi relies heavily of farming of crops and cattle in order to stay relatively self-sufficient. Most of the rice grown in the fertile southern peninsula is exported to other parts of Indonesia.

The geography of the island is also very diverse, from amazing beaches such as Tanjung Bira, to the deep seas surrounding the island that are abundant with  biodiversity, to the high mostly non-volcanic interior, there is literally something to satisfy any traveller’s needs. This variety of geographical environments has turned Sulawesi into a  traveller’s hotspot. Scuba divers are spoilt for choice in the range of excellent dives and locations such as the outstanding muck dive sites in and around the Lambeh Strait and the Wakatobi National Park.  The Wakatobi National Park is home to some of the most pristine reefs on the planet and presents the opportunity to view Pygmy Seahorses and the newly discovered Ghost Pipefish. [4] Wakatobi and also Bunaken island offer excellent dive sites in order to observe larger marine species such as Blacktip and Whitetip reef sharks, Eagle Rays, Sea turtles, Barracuda, the almost extinct Dugongs and even Salt Water Crocodiles! [5]

 As well as the incredible diving there are also many attractions to keep the adventurer, nature lover and even city tourists satisfied. Makassar is the capital and a day or two can be spent exploring this expanding metropolis. It is one of the regions greatest ports and was once was the gateway to Eastern Indonesia. Makassar is where the historical core of Dutch Colonialism still remains and is evident in the old Dutch buildings and of course, Fort Rotterdam which once guarded the harbour. [6] Other highlights of Sulawesi include Lake Todamo, the ancient sites and unique Torajan people at Tana Toraja, the rustic highlands of Tomohon where you can experience the local markets and trek the Mount Mahawu volcano as well as two incredible land based national parks, Tungkoko and Lindu. [7]
The geography of the island is also very diverse, from amazing beaches such as Tanjung Bira, to the deep seas surrounding the island that are abundant with  biodiversity, to the high mostly non-volcanic interior, there is literally something to satisfy any traveller’s needs. This variety of geographical environments has turned Sulawesi into a  traveller’s hotspot. Scuba divers are spoilt for choice in the range of excellent dives and locations such as the outstanding muck dive sites in and around the Lambeh Strait and the Wakatobi National Park.  The Wakatobi National Park is home to some of the most pristine reefs on the planet and presents the opportunity to view Pygmy Seahorses and the newly discovered Ghost Pipefish. [4] Wakatobi and also Bunaken island offer excellent dive sites in order to observe larger marine species such as Blacktip and Whitetip reef sharks, Eagle Rays, Sea turtles, Barracuda, the almost extinct Dugongs and even Salt Water Crocodiles! [5]

 As well as the incredible diving there are also many attractions to keep the adventurer, nature lover and even city tourists satisfied. Makassar is the capital and a day or two can be spent exploring this expanding metropolis. It is one of the regions greatest ports and was once was the gateway to Eastern Indonesia. Makassar is where the historical core of Dutch Colonialism still remains and is evident in the old Dutch buildings and of course, Fort Rotterdam which once guarded the harbour. [6] Other highlights of Sulawesi include Lake Todamo, the ancient sites and unique Torajan people at Tana Toraja, the rustic highlands of Tomohon where you can experience the local markets and trek the Mount Mahawu volcano as well as two incredible land based national parks, Tungkoko and Lindu. [7]