A Cup of Coffee and a Slice of Brownie with Iwan Raus

“As usual bro…long black, less acid and bolder.” My request for a cup of coffee to the coffee expert of Kahiyang coffee shop,  Mr. Iwan Raus. After my shop closed, I start to distribute my “Namusland’s” brownies to Kahiyang. Situated at Jl.Sriwedari no:6, Tegallantang  and at their other  shop at Jl. Andong, behind the Arjuna’s Statue. For me this tripadvisor’s certificate of excellence winner really make an excellence coffee. After a long drive from Seminyak  I often order this special request long black coffee to boost my energy and continue to visit some people in Ubud. This time the shop wasn’t busy, I had lot of free time and outside was so sunny, so I decided to relax and have a chat with Iwan. Around 2 hours of sharing brought awareness, philosophies and virtue.

Was Born in Palembang on July 14th, this coffee farmer and businessman spent most of his life in Papua helping people through the NGO he formed. His concern about social and economic problem drove him to move to a little town named Lebangin Bengkulu, after his relative told him a story about the coffee farmers problems in that town. For 5 years as coffee farmer he also became a bridge between farmers and government. To help coffee farmers to get a better quality of life is still his purpose. He met his business partner on a social media, who actually a coffee lover as well. Their visions delivered Kahiyang Coffee Shop. Since they start around 2 years ago, Kahiyang coffee helps farmer by buying their product with same price given by the trader. By that they hope it will fix the basic price from farmers so they can have a better quality of life.For some reasons farmers give very low price to the trader. And off course for it they asked a good quality of coffee from the farmers. “By that way the farmer are also more serious on harvesting their crop.” He said.

Besides sharing his purpose to help coffee farmers and some knowledge about coffee, he also shared his wishes and desire for Papua in the future. Kahiyang coffe have some staffs from Papua. All of them are smart and cheerful. We talked much about education and health in Papua .His wish is someday they can arrange a trip for a group of people from Bali, not only to see the beauty of nature there but also to get connect with people in Papua.

Anywhere he goes, he likes to do something for the community. Here in Ubud he supports Sari Hati, foundation  for children with mental and physical disabilities by some activities at Kahiyang. Definitely because of his savior soul I come to him when I need help or advise about my business. His story in Lebang and Papua about culture and tradition remind me of the true nature of Indonesian people. The Gotong royong spiritis almost forgotten.

A cup of coffee from him boosts my purpose in life and a slice of chocolate brownie from me brings up his passions in life. It is a nice collaboration, is it? We came from many different places and different believe, but when we share the same energy…we all brother and sister.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it”.
– Steve Jobs

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