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Sumatra Aceh


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.

Reje Gayo is the women's cooperative that has produced his lot.  Gayo and Javanese women work together under the shade coverings as they hand sort beans from the villages near Takegon. Many of these women are widows from the Free Aceh conflict that only ended in 2005.

 "There are a total of 282 producers that contributed coffee to this specific lot, all of whom are women. These women either own, or manage a farm of an average area of 1.5 hectares. The Item Reje Gayo cooperative works with this group of women producers, helping to educate in terms of production practices, and overseeing the application of a premium that was included in the purchase of this coffee.  

The use of the premium was decided by majority vote taken among all women members at a village meeting. This year’s premium will be put towards purchasing new farm tools: shovels, hoes, saws, and shears — for all members.  As for the future, Reje Gayo believes this program will continue to grow and promote the ability of women producers through education and an organized support system."   

Cupping Notes:   Tangy grapefruit and sweet pepper flavor with lemongrass and sweet cedar; tart citric acidity, balanced sweetness and a smooth mouth feel.