Fair Trade, Organic Certified, Sumatran Mandheling Dark Roast
Cupping Notes: Sweet caramel and earthy notes, pronounced body, medium acidity, slight spiciness.
Our FTO (Fair Trade, Organic) Sumatra Mandheling is produced by 1,831 individual farmers of the Permata Gayo Co-op. Farmlands span across 35 different villages throughout the mountainous terrain of the Aceh province and Gayo region of Northwestern Sumatra, where a number of varietals (Bourbon, S Lini, TimTim, P 88, Ateng and Catimor) are produced at elevations of 3,900 – 5,200 feet. This is a Grade-1, Double Picked, Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance certified coffee processed in the traditional semi-washed (wet-hulled) or Giling Basah method. The cup has a pronounced body, medium acidity, a slight spiciness, sweet caramel notes and a nice earthiness.
In 2006 the Permata Gayo Co-op was established with only 50 farmers from 5 different villages. By 2007 the co-op received its organic certification and membership expanded by an additional 450 farmers. Two years later in 2009, member ranks swelled to 1,500 individuals—many of whom were women working both at the farm level and within co-op management. Permata Gayo operates its own cupping and training program, located at their office and cupping facility, which was remodeled in 2010. Several times a year members now have the opportunity to collaborate with green buyers and local collectors in order to identify quality issues and spurn improvements. Members are also able to access an arabica varietal and shade tree nursery, that to date has produced over 500,000 seedlings of a wide variety of plants including coffee, mahogany and an assortment of avocado, citrus, durian and guava. Membership can use the coffee seedlings to replace old or damaged vines, and the non-coffee seedlings can be used to provide natural shade cover and boost overall biodiversity in the event of a low-yielding harvest. The co-op aims to continually increase yields and income for its members year over year through its focus on seed production, soil management, pest control and improved drying and fermentation facilities.