Plastic wastes at tourist destinations in Indonesia

Plastic Wastes at Tourism Destinations in Indonesia

Cleanliness creates comfort, so with the environment. Still, it seems to be one of the environmental problems happening in Indonesia, especially in many tourist destinations. There are some of destinations where beautiful natural scenery, scattered by the various colors of plastic waste that is clearly bring dangerous for the environment.

It is very contradictory that tourists should enjoy stunning natural landscapes, but must also be prepared to feel disappointed by the presence of wastes whether on the coast, mountains, and even to the bustling urban areas. It is very clear that plastic wastes need to be reduced since they will take hundreds of years to be able to decomposed by the environment. Let alone with various additional problems that can be created before they were gone.

Plastic wastes at tourist destinations in Indonesia

If you are traveling to several destinations in various provinces in Indonesia, the trash cans at the vital points of the tourist attraction are less available. And sometimes not even available at all in many places. It seems to be a common thing. As if this issue is not getting any attention at all by adding it in the procurement of tourist attraction infrastructure. Especially at the very crowded locations where the wastes are have chance to be produced even more.

Government, local people and also tourists should have realized this earlier. The government should prioritize supporting infrastructure and also put efforts in promote to the local awareness continuously in supporting tourism activities.

To socialize the importance of environmental health is also valuable. In addition to providing sustainable livelihood for future generations, it is also able to increase income opportunities for the region and the host communities since the economic activity in tourism has chance to keep on increasing.

Maintaining the environment by reducing the use of plastics, the provision of integrated trash cans in strategic locations, it is not impossible that the success of tourism activities can be further developed. In fact, every region in Indonesia should be encouraged to give contribution by specifying the pilot project’s area for other regions.

At almost all beaches located in Bali, many of them have been provided with the trash cans that are placed in a very easy to find spot. Surely this will make it easier for tourists in enjoying the view and atmosphere. Even, the placement was planned to be disseminated properly so that it does not interfere with the view.

The atmosphere of the coast and the rumble of the waves can still be enjoyed and of course, plastic waste is no longer a major distraction for travelers.

At least, that what you can be seen in various beaches in Bali, though still need to be improved. But as a start, it is a good thing if that could followed by other regions at other provinces in Indonesia. Especially when developing the sector of tourism is becoming the prioritize sector in other regencies and cities.

Getting started from a simple thing. But if it is done well, then the increase in tourism and its influence to the economy of a region will be easier to be distributed to the host community.

Charcoal coffee in Yogyakarta

“Kopi Joss”, Black Coffee With Hot Charcoal Inside

What’s your reaction if on the table in front of you right now served a cup of coffee that is mixed with hot charcoal? In Yogyakarta, one of the most famous and legendary coffee named as Kopi Joss. The name of this coffee also refers to the location for hanging-out, located at Jl. Wongsodirjan on the north’s side of Tugu Railway Station of Yogyakarta.

The way how it is being called, the word “Joss” refers to two things that is to describe something nice, delicious and so forth. Also considered as a sound being heard when the red burning charcoal inserted into a cup of coffee that is also still really hot.

Yes. You did read it right. Kopi Joss is a kind of ordinary black coffee which is then inserted or added with one or several hot charcoals. So it is also famous with the name of “Kopi Arang” (Charcoal Coffee) in Indonesia.

Sounds weird, not interested or even getting more curious about how does it tastes?!

Charcoal coffee in Yogyakarta

In addition to charcoal, other mixtures combined in a cup of coffee are not many. Simply added with sugar and also milk as you need and if you want it. As simple as that. No more other secret recipes or gradients.

Regarding to the charcoal that is used, it was usually the result of burned roots of mangrove plants. In its presentation, boiled water is heated in a small or medium and thin kettle which is also using the stove fueled by charcoal. Not a gas stove to create a distinctive taste.

The coffee beans are also departed from coffee plantation located at Klaten which is about 45 minutes from central city of Yogyakarta. The coffee beans are then roasted and then pulverized manually to produce the coffee’s powder. No wonder if when you are finish drinking it, you will be found much of coffee’s grounds on the bottom of glass you use.

When the coffee’s powder has been mixed with a spoonful of sugar in a glass, then the hot water in the charcoal furnace was then will be poured into the glass and then stirred. The aroma is very attractive and fragrant, so that could make you want to drink it. And that’s the truth.

Immediately, the charcoal that is also heated in the furnace will be taken and then put into the glass.

Then ready to be served along with a small placemat as a gutters for the glass. Initially, the placemat will be thought to be useful for the waiter so that the heat does not touch the hands and skin. Indeed it has a point as well. What you might need to know is that a placemat made of ceramic or glass is mainly often used to pour a hot coffee into it so you could drink it calmly, and not getting the coffee too hot to be drinked.

The way how to drink a glass of coffee like that, is also a way for Javanese people, especially Jogja, Solo and in other Javanese cities and regencies.

So, if you are planning to visit Yogyakarta for your next vacation, make sure to let yourself being served a cup of Kopi Joss at the location that I have informed above.