INDONESIA

INDONESIA

SUMATRA

SMALL FARMER COOP

ARINAGATA

FARMER DIRECT. ORGANIC. NON-GMO.

SUMATRA GAYO ARINAGATA

SHOP ARINAGATA'S COFFEE

PRODUCER INFORMATION

Country: Indonesia

Region: North Sumatra, Gayo highlands, Central Aceh

Producer: Arinagata Cooperative

Number of members: 2165

Elevation: 3,940-6,150 feet above sea level

Process: Semi-Washed

Varietals: TimTim (Gayo 1), Catimor

Harvest Season: September-November & March-June

Organic certified since: 2007

BACKGROUND

The Arinagata cooperative, composed of farmers from Sumatra’s Aceh province began in 2006 with 30 members, who had the common goal of improving their coffee quality, advocating for transparency, and establishing better pricing. At the time local producers only sold their coffee to collectors, who sold to mills, who sold to traders, who sold to exporters. The identity of where the coffee originally came from was lost. Furthermore, in many cases the producers didn’t know the quality of their coffee or how to improve it.

The major focus became training to improve their growing methods, managing their soil inputs, cleaning and pruning the coffee trees, creating shade, and establishing a set way to pick, ferment, depulp, wash, dry, hull and sort the coffee. The initial group of 30 members grew to 300 within the first three years. The cooperative now thrives with 2,165 members.