Sumatra/Indonesia (Bags of Coffee)
Heavy body and medium acidity, with hints of brown sugar and dried fruit, and a lingering finish, from Sumatra. The coffee beans are organically grown and fairly traded, and air roasted in small batches in Lancaster, Pa.
Region: Aceh, Takengon
Coop: Koperasi Produsen Petani Kopi Gayo
Altitude: 1,400 – 1,600 M
Grade: Grade 1 Triple Pick
Processing: Giling Basha (also known as wet-hulling)
Varietal: Tim Tim, Ateng Super, Ateng Janda, Bourbon
Indonesia is an archipelago just off the mainland of SouthEast Asia. Its islands spread across 1/8th of the world’s circumference. The Aceh province of the island of Sumatra, is the westernmost province of the country, and is near Thailand and Malaysia. Indonesian culture is diverse, blending more than 300 ethnic groups, over 600 languages, and most major world religions. The Indonesian national motto is “Bhinneka tunggal ika,” which means “unity in diversity.”
The Dutch brought coffee to Indonesia in 1696, and has been cultivated there, ever since. Coffee has played an important part in the development of Indonesia, and the country was fourth in the world for coffee production in 2019. There are more than 20 varieties of arabica coffee currently being grown in Indonesia, but the bulk of exported Indonesian coffee is robusta. Most of the coffee is grown on small farms, some of which are certified organic by the international market.
The Koperasi Produsen Petani Kopi Gayo coop (Kopsen PKG) is found on the northern part of the island of Sumatra. 345 farmers across and villages started growing coffee in 2012 and began to work in cooperative in 2016. This co-op is Fairtrade and Organic certified.