The Region

From the scenic highland slopes of the Gayo Mountains of Sumatra, comes the exotically aromatic Sumatra coffee. There are over 200 small coffee producers who contribute to this very important OCIA certified organic coffee production. The farmers and communities of this remote region face a number of environmental and socio-economic challenges, including soil erosion, deforestation, low and unstable incomes. The organization, production, technical assistance and higher prices for certified organic coffee help these remote farmers by being able to generate a better income for themselves and improve the economic basis in the communities.

The Project

This project consists of an alliance of local and international partners dedicated to sustainable, organic coffee production. The partners include: the Community-Based Gayo Organic Farmers Association; Trimaju, and experienced local coffee processor-exporter. With initial organizational support from the Indonesian Social Concern Foundation (YPSI), the project combines several local farmer groups, seasoned organic fields workers, and centralized green coffee processing facilities.

The project actively promotes organic practices including use of composts and green manures, biological pest and disease management, and complimentary interplanting of other tree and plant species in the coffee farms. In this part of Aceh, the tree and plant diversity includes leguminous shade trees, citrus fruit trees, fuelwood tree species, and horticultural crops. This provides additional income as well as habitats for important bird populations. The Diversification of species also serves to support a more stable local economic base.

Through this project, the farmers have been able to establish:

Seedling nurseries for expansion of intercropping species
Training and technical support through local farm associations
Promotion of biological pest and disease controls
Incentives to support forest conservation in coffee farm localities
Formation of small-scale credit and savings groups
Centralized processing facilities for coffee cherry processing, drying, and sorting

The Coffee

This OCIA certified organic Sumatra semi-washed coffee is full bodied, slightly fruity, and clean with a sweet finish. This coffee is great as a varietal, blender and perfect for espresso

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