Origin Information

Grower
Ketiara Cooperative
Variety
Bourbon, Catimor, and Typica
Region
Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
Harvest
June – December
Altitude
1,300 – 1,600 meters
Soil
Volcanic loam
Process
Wet hulled and dried in the sun
Certifications

Background Details

This coffee is produced on family owned farms organized around the Ketiara cooperative, located in the Takengon highlands of the Aceh province on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia.  This region of Indonesia is also referred to as the Gayo land because the coffee farmers are from the Gayonese ethnic group.  A high percentage of farmers, typically from the most remote villages of the Takengon highlands, are widows who lost their husbands during periods of conflict in Aceh. Two-thirds of the Ketiara cooperative’s membership are women.  For this reason, the cooperative has formed a strong women’s origination focused on addressing the needs of the community, which includes investments in health centers and school construction to improve access to healthcare and education in the most remote communities.