Sumatra Coffee - Women Coffee Producers
Tasting Notes: "Sweet with tart and tangy citric acidity and a heavy mouthfeel; lots of roasted red pepper and grapefruit with chocolate and fresh clean earthy flavors."
Region: Bandar, Bener Meriah, Aceh
Farm: 282 women smallholder farms
Certification at Origin: Organic
Altitude: 1200-1600 meters above sea level
Background from our importer: There are a total of 282 producers that contributed this organically produced coffee, 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.