Origin Information

Arinagata Cooperative
Caturra, Tim Tim
Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
June - December
1300 – 1450 meters
Volcanic loam
Wet hulled and dried in the sun
Fair Trade, Organic

Background Details

SUMATRA FTO ARINAGATA TAKENGON MANDHELING GRADE 1 is produced on family owned farms organized around the KSU Arinagata, 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 also present frequent challenges for maintaining infrastructure in this otherwise naturally beautiful and mineral rich micro-region surrounding Lake Tawa. Despite these challenges, KSU Arinagata has worked tirelessly since it was established in 2007 to gain organic and fairtrade certification and invest in quality coffee production through education on best organic agricultural practices and environmental stewardship for more than 2,300 members who cultivate coffee on parcels that average 2.5 acres in size.