The Coffee and The Conflict in Aceh

This is a small piece about politics in Aceh, Indonesia. I was there during the Islamic holiday of Idul Adha, the culmination of the Haj. The end of the conflict between the Indonesian government and the separatist Free Aceh Movement ended less than two years ago, the first elections were held in December, last month, and the region is still recovering from the 2004 Tsunami that his Aceh harder than any other place.

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Coffee is a large part of the culture there. It is literally intoxicating, if prepared correctly, and plays an interesting social function as the cafe becomes a space for important political interaction.

It is posted on my special travel and food adventures blog, This Spicy World.

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