Most members of the cooperative produce on a small area of land, which provides 80 to 90% of household income. Farmers may also sell vegetables, fruit, soya bean, spices and fish in local markets. Fruit trees are intercropped with their 100% organic coffee, and this adds to the typical Sumatran coffee profile.
Available at Mississauga (ON) only
SUB REGION: Aceh Tengah
ALTITUDE: 1200 – 1800 masl
PROCESS: Wet Hulled
GRADE: G1 TP
CERTIFICATION: FTO, Organic
BAG SIZE: 60k
KSU Arinagata evolved from an existing coffee trading and exporting company. The company had originally worked with farmers from seven villages in the Aceh province, and these farmers officially joined as a cooperative in 2007. The cooperative is placed at an altitude of 600 – 1,200 m.
Finding a good market channel for their coffee has been the biggest challenge for these farmers. During the armed conflict between Sumatran separatists and the Indonesian army, many were forced to flee the area. Only recently have they began returning, some women as widows, and with very little income. Many families live in poor conditions. They are traditional farmers, mostly of Gayonese origin.