Tripper’s sourcing team just came back from visiting new Cinnamon plantations in Sumatra. We have identified that South Sumatra (Bengkulu, Tanjung Sakti, Pagar Alam, Pulau Beringin) is now harvesting Cinnamon bark. These new locations add to our supplier list, as well as Tripper’s area of Cinnamon Origin.

We expect to be working with these plantations as soon as prices get more competitive. These sources give us new opportunities since they are located at the southern part of Sumatra, which is closer to our manufacturing factory in Jakarta. The ten (10) day trip was a blast, not only did we meet new people but it also allowed us to see the Cinnamon trees are in fact still there. With the new team strategy of sourcing, combining 2-3 employees from different work backgrounds (Supply Chain, Quality Control, Finance, Production), we hope to bring fresh ideas in each department and a better perspective on how our Cinnamon distribution works, from farmer to Tripper.~Meidy V
Recently Tripper had problems with high aflatoxin (toxic compounds that are strictly regulated in food products) levels in its nutmeg. Aflatoxins are produced by a certain mold found in hot and humid climates, often found as a result of poor harvesting, drying and/or storage conditions.

One of Tripper’s major sources of nutmeg is Siau, a small island north of Sulawesi. From there it can be seen how Gunung Karangetang (the island’s active volcano) spewed out lava and ash, thus providing the thousands of nutmeg trees with the additional nutrition, resulting in the large nutmeg kernels the island is famous for. Here a pilot project was set up to obtain 1 ton of nutmeg by applying Tripper’s own harvesting and drying methods, which resulted in aflatoxin-free nutmeg. Besides that, the impact of different drying methods and storage conditions on aflatoxin formation were studied. A team of three (3) people, Talita, Danan and Arne spent two (2) weeks on the island working on the project.
Although several farmers harvest and dry their nutmeg properly, many people are looking for easy money and collect them from the ground, which gives a greater chance of mold contamination. Most farmers are unaware of the problem, or blame the aflatoxin levels on contamination by mixing product from other islands. According to them, Siau nutmeg is of the best quality and they don’t want to hear there is something wrong with it. To consistently achieve low aflatoxin levels in the future, connections will have to be made with the local farmers to gain their trust and convince them to adopt new harvesting processes. In the meantime, the best outcome will be to find efficient sorting techniques and make strict quality control of the nutmeg at origin. ~Arne H
Over the last 8 years, Indonesia has shown very solid economic performance with steady growth (6.8 % expected in 2012), low inflation and strong foreign investment.
At the public debt level, Indonesia’s situation would be the envy of the world at 24% of GDP. As a comparison countries such as Japan, Greece or Italy are over 100 % of GDP. And following the Asian crisis of 1998, banks have restructured and today their balance sheets are very solid. This means that Europe’s problems (Greece, Spain …) are unlikely to significantly infect Indonesian banks .
Indonesia’s export growth is slowing down in line with the rest of Asia. In May, imports were actually higher than exports for the first time in many months. With a population over 250 million people Indonesia ranks number four in the world after the USA and ahead of Brazil. Because domestic demand is very strong imports are likely to increase and therefore a trade deficit is looming which is not good in the long run.
Indonesia must also keep striving to improve the overall country’s infrastructure (roads, trains …) which are currently a clear obstacle to higher growth. As an example transporting spices from Manado to Bali should take 48 hours and it sometimes takes up to 2 weeks.Overall, Indonesia is in a good spot today and foreign investment is steadily growing. Air Asia is in the process of relocating their headquarters from Malaysia to Jakarta. Cosmetic giant L’Oréal is building its largest manufacturing plant near Jakarta. Honda has just revealed plans to build a huge factory to double their share of the Indonesian motorcycle market. At the same time the government must be careful and avoid protectionist moves that may send a negative signal to the market. The recent debacle of the DBS DANAMON bank takeover was not perceived well and this is a bit worrying ahead of the next 2014 presidential election. ~Olivier B
Many Indonesian pastries, cakes and cookies came from Dutch influence. Some recipes were invented as Dutch Indies fusion cuisine, using native Indonesian ingredients, but using European pastry techniques.
One such recipe is the klappertaart (coconut tart), which is still very popular today in North Sulawesi.
Ingredients 1
- 250 ml Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 250 ml water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp COBRA Vanilla Extract
- 50 grams Caster Sugar

Ingredients 2 (mixed)
- 20 grams cornstarch
- 100 ml water

Ingredients 3
- 3 young coconuts (meat)
- 100 g raisins, soaked
- 100 grams skinless walnuts

Ingredients 4 (garnish):
- DRAGON Cinnamon powder for garnish

How to Make:
preheat oven 150 C
1. Combine ingredients 1 in a saucepan. Mix well and heat until boiling.
2. Add in ingredients 2. Stir until thick and shiny. Lift.
3. Mix in ingredients 3, stir and transfer to a small bowl.
4. Sprinkle with DRAGON Cinnamon powder.
5. Bake in a preheated oven (150oC) for 15 minutes +.
6. Remove and cool.
7. Refrigerate.
8. Serve.
For more information,
please visit:
For pricing or other sales
related inquiries, please
contact us at:
More and more we are realizing that what sets us apart from other spice companies is our close proximity with the actual farmers. Companies want to source at origin, but having a direct supplier in these developing countries is not the solution if the product that they are supplying you has been sitting in their warehouse for years!
We have been working very closely with our suppliers, and are proud to announce that we will be launching our "6 months from harvest" program. Starting this June, all FCL orders shipping from our Jakarta warehouse will be labeled "6 months from harvest" & all lots that will arrive in your warehouse will be under this six-month threshold.
This extra effort of traceability will put Dragon Cinnamon a step above any other ground cinnamon on the market. ~Francois B
After a long process, Tripper Nature Jakarta is now certified as a 3rd Party “GMA SAFE” & “ISO 22000” by the Food Safety Management System. Both audits were conducted in February, and Tripper Nature Jakarta passed them smoothly. In April we passed ISO 9001 - Quality Management System ‘Stage 1 Audit’ for Tripper Nature Bali, and we will proceed to ‘Stage 2 Audit’ this June. These certifications help us to maintain the best quality, service and value to our customer's needs, which is you! ~Fiza M
In May we hosted the closing session of the AAIC - Asian Aroma Ingredients Congress & Expo at our offices in Bali, Indonesia. Attendees from all around the world (Europe, China, India, USA ...) came to our factory, where we showed them our manufacturing methods to cure green vanilla beans, along with our sorting & quality control processes. After this mini field trip, we then gathered in our showroom to see the TRIPPER portfolio of spice ingredients. Guests were also treated to a "spicy" breakfast, hopefully leaving them with good memories of our products baked in the cinnamon rolls and vanilla cookies.
Overall the meeting was a success & we look forward to hosting many more in the near future ... welcome! ~Francois B