Tenom coffee

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A mug of Tenom cream milk coffee.

Tenom coffee is a popular coffee drink which originated in Tenom, Sabah, Malaysia. Among the main and largest producer of Tenom coffee is the Yit Foh Tenom Coffee and Fatt Choi Tenom Coffee.[1]

History

Originally, coffee started to be planted in Sabah during the administration of British North Borneo, but only focused in the area of the east coast on the forest reserve near mangrove areas. However, due to an outbreak of disease, it was abandoned in 1910.[2] Since then, coffee production was concentrated in the west coast area. Tenom received attention when the British North Borneo Chartered Company (BNBCC) established coffee and other plantations in the area. To take the resources to major towns, a railway line from Melalap linked Jesselton (now Kota Kinabalu) was built by the British in the late 1890. To increase the coffee production, many laborers from China, mainly those of Hakka and Cantonese descent were brought to Tenom by the British as local workforce.[3] Today, Tenom is widely known as an agriculture site with large coffee production and has been dubbed as the "Sabah's coffee capital".[4] Together with cocoa, rice field and fruit crops, coffee is the second largest contributor to the Tenom agriculture economy after rubber.[5]

Styles

Tenom coffee is made from Robusta variety. The coffee bean was processed using traditional firewood and drum rotation methods followed for almost 50 years without adding any artificial ingredients or colourings.[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Directories - Manufacturer (Federation of Sabah Manufacturers)". Borneo Trade. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Yit Foh Coffee Powder Factory". etawau. 16 January 2012. Archived from the original on 20 March 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Herman Scholz. "Sabah Cities, Towns and Villages - Tenom". Flying Dusun. Archived from the original on 20 March 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Sabah’s coffee capital of Tenom". Bernama. The Brunei Times. 17 November 2014. Archived from the original on 20 March 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Background (Agriculture)". Tenom District Council. Archived from the original on 20 March 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Tenom Coffee" (PDF). ECAAP III. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 March 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
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