Origin Information

Koperasi Kopi Gayo Organic Cooperative (KKGO)
Bourbon, Catimor, and Typica
Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
June - December
1,200 – 1,600 meters
Volcanic loam
Wet hulled and dried in the sun

Background Details

SUMATRA FTO TAKENGON GAYO KKGO is produced on family owned farms organized around the Koperasi Kopi Gayo Organic cooperative (KKGO), 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.  Natural disasters that seem to hit the region every decade or so add a distressed infrastructure to the otherwise natural beauty of the mineral rich volcanic soils surrounding Lake Tawa.  Despite these challenges, KKGO has worked tirelessly for the last decade providing an infrastructure for quality coffee production including education on best organic agricultural practices and environmental stewardship for more than 1,500 producers who cultivate coffee on parcels that average 2.5 acres in size.  KKGO collaborates with PT IKA, a family owned export company that operates its own dry-mill in Takengon, which provides logistics to transport and export KKGOs coffee without the long and convoluted supply lines that often compromise the quality of Sumatran coffee.