Sumatra Coffee (500g)1
Koperasi Permata Gayo
- Location: Bener Meriah, Sumatra, Indonesia
- Altitude: 1000 - 1850 masl
- Species: Arabica
- Varietal/s: Ateng, Linie S (S795), Bourbon and Catimor
- Process: Semi-washed
- Taste Notes: Candied sweetness, herbal, forest fruits, almonds
Koperasi Permata Gayo is a primary level cooperative based in the Northern state of Aceh in Sumatra. Created in 2006 by small holder coffee farming villages located in the Bener Meriah district.
Berner Meriah is a lush mountains area. Coffee farms are intercropped with other cash crops such as pepper and jackfruit.
The country is famed for the farmers version of ‘Giling Basah’ coffee processing. Many still prize the distinctive taste profile from Sumatran semi-washed coffees. The current processing methods are now refined and accentuate a more complex profile.
The cooperative members have pro-actively worked on investing their premiums received over the last decade into a number of social and environmental projects. Gender equality programmes saw the creation of women’s coffees for female headed households and micro credit courses to support business investments outside their coffee income.