SUMATRA ORGANIC TAKENGON UTAMAGRO GAYO MANDHELING GRADE 1 is produced on family owned farms organized around the cooperative UtamaGro Tani Gayo, 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, UtamaGroTani Gayo has worked tirelessly to establish a cooperative and also organic and fairtrade certification. UtamaGroTani Gayo is focused on quality coffee production through education on best organic agricultural practices and environmental stewardship for more than 1,175 members who cultivate coffee on parcels that average 2.5 acres in size.