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Indonesia Ratu Ketiara Gayo (RKG) FTO Specialty Grade Wet Hulled

Origin Indonesia /

Altitude 1200 - 1500 masl /

Crop Year 2018 /

Product Code 6620

About Indonesia Ratu Ketiara Gayo (RKG) FTO Specialty Grade Wet Hulled

Ketiara means ‘working hard for good results’ is in the local Gayonese language. This area boasts tropical rainforest and volcanic nutrients, which creates the ideal fertile conditions for growing coffee and other crops, such as avocado, citrus fruit, and vegetables.

Ketiara is a Women Lead Coffee Cooperative, Indonesia. Established in 2017, Ratu Ketiara is lead by three young #girlbosses, Indayana as Chairwoman, Dini as Chief of Quality and Ms. Nurul Kemala as Treasurer. Located in the highlands of Central Aceh, Ratu Ketiara is passionate about producing high quality coffee, “Ratu Keara Gayo will invest to the young and happy generation of our coffee farmer”, says Indayana.

Farmers suffer high risks of landslide due to soil erosion. The cooperative have chosen to invest 25% of the Fairtrade Premium into environmental development to tackle this issue. They are currently planting avocado trees to make land more secure. There is also a widespread problem with waste, particularly plastic, which litters the environment. The cooperative uses the Fairtrade Premium to run environmental training and waste management projects.

About Indonesia

Coffee was introduced into Indonesia by the Dutch in the 1600’s, becoming the world’s leading supplier. The industry initially developed growing Arabica coffee in large estate’s, however was totally devasted by a leaf rust disease. It was a century ago that Robusta was introduced to Indonesia and is the majority (90%) of Indonesia’s coffee production., however still producing Arabica coffee (in a much lesser capacity).

Indonesia’s coffee is grown by small-holder farmers (about one hectare of less), using traditional processing techniques that add a layer of complexity not found in other specialty coffees. There are as many as 20 varieties of arabica coffee being grown in Indonesia, and fall into six main categories; Typica, Hibrido de Timor (HDT), Linie S, Ethiopian lines, Caturra cultivars, and Catimor lines. The cultivation of these varieties can be found in the Indonesian regions of
Sumatra, Mandheling, Lintong and Gayo, and the islands Sulawesi, Toraja, Kalosi, Mamasa, Gowa, Java, Bali, Flores and Papua New Guinea.

Over the past 200 years, the names “Java” and “Sumatra” have become virtually synonymous with flavourful coffee. Connoisseurs of specialty coffee also know the names Bali, Lintong, Toraja, Kalosi, Gayo, and Mandheling. Beyond these well known regions, coffee from new areas, such as Wamena and Moanemani in Papua wait to be discovered.