Located 7 hours drive hours from the city of Padang in the kayo Aro District of West Sumatra this coffee comes from small coffee gardens (0.25ha – 2Ha) which sit in the shadow of the beautiful Kerinci Volcano on the edge of the Kerinci National Park home to the endangered Sumatran Tiger. The people who inhabit this region are originally from the island of Java and migrated to this region in the 1960’s as part of a Government program looking to spread people to available land to farm. There are large Government tea plantations that dominate the landscape and it is only recently that coffee over the past seven years that coffee has been grown here alongside more traditional rice and vegetables.
The Alko Cooperative has been running since 2013 and has 400 farmer members with a total of 291 Ha in coffee spread across 17 villages. This cooperative is unique in that it received funds from the WWF for a multifaceted project over a year to help improve their infrastructure and educate the farmers about working in harmony with the local environment and protecting the Kerinci National Park. The honey and natural coffee are processed at the main centres where greater attention and care can be given to the coffees with all the cherry being floated and selected. The natural coffees are floated and separated before being dried for about 40 days on the raised beds depending on the weather. The honey is pulped and then dried on patio tent floor for 2 days before being transferred to the raised beds.
The group are also incentivising the local farmers to collect rubbish from the area and national park by rewarding every KG of rubbish collected they are giving out a bag of roasted coffee that they use in their homes and learn about the coffee produced from their farms.
We have two lots available;
PROCESS - Honey
Cup Profile - Melon, fig and blackcurrant sweetness with a soft honey body
SCAA - 85.25
PROCESS - Natural
Cup Profile - Vibrant winey blackcurrant acidity, vanilla, pepper and dark chocolate
SCAA - 85.50