THE JAMU ARTISANS
Surya was born and raised on farming land in Baturiti (near Bedugul, Bali) and comes from Chinese-Balinese heritage, as a young boy in the village he was introduced to traditional herbal medicines including Jamu.
Jamu refers to the traditional system of herbal medicine in Indonesia, believed to have originated 1300 years ago in the Hindu/Buddhist Mataram Kingdom in Java.
When still small Surya’s mother would take him to the morning markets to teach him all she knew about traditional ingredients - while schooling in Java buying Jamu from the Jamu Gendong was something of a daily ritual, Surya’s knowledge of Traditional Jamu grew strong.
Herbs, spices and cooking with them - fast became not only his passion but his artisanal craft. Surya began researching the origins, myths, tightly guarded recipes and commercial applications of Jamu's Nutritional Medicine.
Surya began to concoct Globe Tumeric Jamu at home to help with his liver challenges, he grew his ingredients organically and treated his liver with remarkable results. His research into brewing variations of the local Medicinal Jamu leads him to commence brewing Kunyit Asem – the foundation of Jamu Jawa as we know it today.