KERINCI Washed – Indonesia


Brown Sugar, Grapefruit, Cherry, Apple

FARM/COOP/STATION: Koerintji Barokah Bersama
VARIETAL(S): Andung Sari, Sigarar Utang
ALTITUDE: 1,400 to 1,700 meters
OWNER: 320 members of Koerintji
REGION: Kerinci, Sumatra
COUNTRY: Indonesia
FARM SIZE: 2,5 hectares

Tax included (23% IVA)

Additional information

The producer cooperative that produced this Fully washed lot is expanding Indonesia's coffee-producing traditions by diversifying processing methods. And this lot nails it. Think super juicy, cherry lemonade, black tea and grapefruit. It is sure to make you reconsider what you think you know about Indonesian coffee. The 320 members of the Koerintji Barokah Bersama Cooperative live and farm on a plateau that sits at the foot of Mount Kerinci on the island of Sumatra. Mount Kerinci is one of the many volcanoes in the Pacific Ring of Fire, a 40,000-kilometer horseshoe-shaped series of 452 volcanoes that are part of an almost constant dance of eruptions and plate movements. Mount Kerinci’s historic eruptions have assured that the surrounding area is lush and verdant with a deep supply of fertile volcanic soil.The cooperative is managed by Triyono, who leads members in processing and roasting their own coffees. They have a fully outfitted roasting facility, including a cupping lab, next to the dry mill. This is especially impressive considering the cooperative was founded in mid-2017! Almost all farms on Sumatra are small. On average, farms are between 0.5 to 2.5 hectares. Coffee is usually the primary cash crop for farmers, but most also intercrop their trees alongside vegetables, potatoes and fruit. This intercropped produce will make up a substantial part of the family’s diet for the year. .In addition to growing coffee as a cash crop, many smallholder farmers also work as hired laborers at nearby tea plantations. Like coffee, tea is a huge cash crop in the area. The bigger tea plantations are often near coffee farms. When the harvest is finished, coffee farmers will go there and pick leaves under contracted labor. There are more and more initiatives by farmers on Sumatra to organize themselves into cooperatives. In the past, farmers did not have much leverage to get better prices for their cherry or parchment. In cooperatives, they can share resources, organize training and negotiate better prices