Among coffee-producing countries, Sumatra is a remarkable sort of outlier: Though the Pacific island came to grow coffee because of European influence like much of the rest of the "New World," the coffees produced in this region are special and specific to the terroir, traditions and culture of Sumatra.
Gayo and Javanese women work together under the shade coverings as they hand sort beans from the villages near Takegon. Most of these women are widows from the Free Aceh conflict that only ended in 2005.
A cup of this rich Fair Trade coffee can help farmers escape poverty.Cupping Notes: "Tart lemon, green peper and caramel."
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