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Indonesia Aceh Gayo Grade 1 Wet hulled

Region Aceh /

Crop Year 2019 /

Product Code 6657

About Indonesia Aceh Gayo Grade 1 Wet hulled

Sara Ate Cooperative was established in 2011 and received their export license in 2018. Their cooperative has 778 members, 119 of which are female, with a total farming area of 956 hectares in the subdistricts of Pegasing and Celalah. This lot was purchased from non-cooperative members in the district of Permata, Bener Meriah which is located north of Lake Tawar.

There are many varieties of coffee grown in Aceh, but the most common are TimTim, Ateng, Gayo 1 and Gayo 2, pruned in the traditional umbrella style and grown under lamtoro shade trees. In addition to the variety and cultivation method, the distinctive quality of Gayo coffee is from the wet-hulled ‘giling basah’ processing method.

After harvest cherry is pulped and fermented overnight. The following morning parchment is washed and dried for 1-2 days depending on the weather. After the parchment begins to crack slightly, the wet-hulling is performed (with moisture still at nearly 40%). Drying is finished on patios, during which time the seed changes in color from pale whitish to deep dark green.

About Aceh

The Aceh region of Northern Sumatra did not develop a coffee industry until the start of last century, where smallholder production and expansion into the forest areas quickly grew. In Aceh, coffee is the second most valuable agricultural export earner, where there is an estimated 60,000 smallholder farming families with an average size farm of 1-2hectares. A 2006 UNDP report, suggests that more than 84,000ha’s of coffee is planted throughout the Central Aceh & Highland regions, however as little as 44,000ha’s is in production with the balance requiring either replanting or regeneration.

Almost all of the coffee produced in the region is the higher quality Arabica variety; the industry produces an estimated 30,000tons annually with an FOB value of US$100 million, with approximately 70% paid to downstream processors, middlemen & growers. As a result of the low yields and limited supply, coupled with high demand, Aceh coffees are sold at premiums of between 25-35% above commodity price