In January 2012 the coffee producing nations of the world will put forward their best daughters, not to be sold to the highest bidder, but to compete in the Reinado Internacional del Café (International Queen of Coffee) competition in Colombia, widely expected to be bitterly contested.
The event to be held in Manizales, Colombia will see for the first time in its fifty year history a representative from Indonesia, an easy on the eye girl with a resplendently interesting name, Laskary Andaly Metal Bitticaca, from local coffee producing giant province South Sulawesi, who won the local Putri Kopi Indonesia 2011 contest last week.
Laskary will face some tough Latin American competition, as the event is traditionally dominated by swarthy beauties from the likes of Brazil (7 times won), Colombia (5), Costa Rica (4), Chile (3), Dominican Republic (3), Argentina (2), Honduras (2), and Puerto Rico (2). Inexplicably, Germany has also won twice. The current title-holder, Sofinel Báez from Dominican Republic, is pictured left.
Do Indonesian women have what it takes to compete with the haughty and sophisticated Latin goddesses? We will see.
Standing her in good stead Laskari is said to have won the national Putri Kopi pageant, not only because of her beauty but also her thorough going knowledge of coffee and arcanery related to its production and such, of which substance Indonesia is the fourth biggest producer in the world, after Brazil, Vietnam, and Colombia.
Laskari is expected to promote Indonesian coffee to the world, particularly the cat poop Kopi Luwak type, and also to spur on the development of coffee plantation tourism in the country. Hopefully, in Gus Dur speak, she can talk.