Why did Stegodon, the elephant-like animals that were once widespread throughout Asia, decline and eventually disappear? Stegodon were a group of trunked mammals, related to (but not the ancestors of) modern elephants. As they dispersed to many of the Southeast Asian islands with scarcer food resources, they evolved to become ‘dwarfed’. Continue reading What happened to Asia’s lost ‘elephants’?
Coffee processed on the Indonesian island of Flores has gained popularity in the international specialty coffee scene, as a result of efforts to improve revenue for small coffee farmers in regional areas. The global market for specialty coffee continues to grow, but that demand is increasingly paired with a call for traceability, enhanced quality demands, and evidence of environmental and social standards throughout the production chain. Continue reading Getting the most out of Indonesian specialty coffees