Indonesia Sumatra Kerinci Gunung Washed
Indonesia Sumatra Kerinci Gunung Washed
Indonesia Sumatra Kerinci Gunung Washed
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Indonesia Sumatra Kerinci Gunung Washed

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Indonesia Sumatra Kerinci Gunung Washed

 

The vast majority of coffee farms in Sumatra are small, family-owned operations. Surrounding the town of Kerinci, at the foot of the volcano from which it derives its name, Mount Kerinci, farms  typically range in area between 0.5 to 2.5 hectares. Although coffee usually serves as the main cash crop, subsistence farming means it shares farm land with fruit and vegetables for the families own consumption. This scenario typically yields only a small quantity of coffee, making it difficult for farmers to realise the true economic potential of their coffee. To generate additional income, many farmers also work as hired labourers in nearby tea plantations.

 To gain leverage, farmers have organised themselves into co-operatives which, besides allowing them to sell their coffee collectively in larger volume, also provide training and assist with price negotiations.

This coffee hails from the Koerintji Barokah Bersama Cooperative in West Sumatra, a cooperative consisting of over 320 members. During harvest, coffee cherries were hand-picked and delivered to a collection centre for processing. This particular lot has undergone washed processing with drying done in two stages, first on patios followed by final drying on raised beds. The dried coffee was milled and sorted manually. In the cup we enjoyed floral notes of rose and jasmine, fruit flavours of pink grapefruit and lime and herbal tea.

 

Producers: Various small lot holders

Co-op: Koerintji Barokah Bersama Cooperative

Town: Kerinci, Gunung Tujuh

Region: Sumatra

Varietal: Andungsari, Sigarar Utang*

Elevation: 1,400 – 1,700 masl

Process: Washed

Cupping notes: Grapefruit, Rose, Herbal Tea

 

Notes*

Andungsari – developed by the Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research Institute from a selection of Catimor plants. Dwarf like with high productivity producing sweet coffees.

Sigarar Utang – believed to be a naturally occurring hybrid of Timor and Bourbon discovered in Tapanuli, North Sumatra. Fast growing, high yielding semi-dwarf plant producing typically fruity, and herbal with complex acidity and syrupy body.