About the bean
Located in the Gayo Highlands of Sumatra, Indonesia, surrounding the town of Takegon, the KOPEPI Ketiara Cooperative cultivates coffee at elevations between 900 and 1700 meters above sea level. The area’s soil is innately suitable for the production of Arabica coffee plants, of which an estimated 30 containers per year is exported by the cooperative into American and European markets (2012). Arabica coffee plants have grown in this region since 1908 and are now recognized globally for its rich flavor and strong body.
Established in 2009 by 38 people, the KOPEPI Ketiara Cooperative handles all aspects of coffee production until it is ready for exportation. Members count with complete and central facilities for hulling, drying, grading, sorting, labeling and packaging. As so, the cooperative assures their coffee product is 100 percent pure, not mixed with coffee grains that are not their own. This guarantee is also reflected in their Fair Trade and Organic certifications, both obtained in 2012. With hopes of improving the standards of living for its members and community, the cooperative aims to sell more of their quality coffee into international markets.
Today, Ketiara has nearly 900 members and is led primarily by women, who occupy the positions of Chairwoman, General Manager, and Finance Manager. The cooperative produces 100% shade-grown Arabica coffee. Member farms are located around the Lut Tawar Lake in the Gayo Highland in the district of Takengon and Bener Meriah, Central Aceh. The area is a mountainous, tropical forest within the Leuser Ecosystem and has temperatures between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius. The 897 Ketiara members manage a total of 836 hectares. The cooperative uses the wet-hulled or semi-washed processing method, called "Giling Basah" in the local language.