Sumatra Fairtrade Certified and Organic Cafetière Sachets
Rich and spicy from this Volcanic Isle
An Indian merchant named Baba Budan was on pilgrimage to Mecca in the 17th Century. On his way home he managed to smuggle out seven coffee beans strapped to his stomach which he planted in his garden in Mysore, India. Dutch colonialists spread this good coffee into Sumatra via Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Sumatran gourmet coffee is rich, deep and earthy with notes of warm spice, clove, currant and liquorice and excellent creamy body.
History of Sumatran Coffee
In 1696, The Dutch Governor in Malabar, India, sent a coffee seedling to his counterpart in Batavia (now Jakata – the Capital of Indonesia) and shortly after this, gourmet coffee was being grown on the islands of Java and Sumatra. In 1711 the first exports were sent to Europe by the Dutch East Indies Trading Company and within 10 years, exports rose to 60 tons per year. Indonesia became the first place outside of Arabia and Ethiopia where good coffee was widely cultivated.
Coffee has been grown as a cash crop in Sumatra since the 1920’s following the nationalization of the industry. Today it is mainly grown by small holder farmers each with an average of one hectare and they sell their crop to centralised processing and milling stations who then export it as cooperatives.
History of PPKGO
PPKGO (Persatuan Petani Kopi Gayo Organik or Gayo Organic Coffee Farmers Association) is a cooperative of over 1600 farmers within 32 communities made up mainly of Gayo, Javanese and Aceh ethnic groups. In 1997 ForesTrade set-up the Sustainable Sumatra Coffee Project working in close partnership with PPKGO. As processor, importer , pre-financer and logistics coordinator, ForesTrade provides the necessary technical assistance and training for implementing and monitoring the Organic and Fairtrade programs for PPKGO.
Revenues received from selling to Fairtrade and Organic markets has allowed PPKGO to invest in a variety of programs including potable water systems, rebuilding farmers homes, extending small loans to farmer families, finance for three schools and ongoing support for local orphans and widows.
The Coffee itself
This Fairtrade and Organic certified bean is a classic Indonesian “Bold” – full of rounded earthy flavours, full bodied with a great rich texture and with spicy, smoky notes in the finish. This bean also has a subtle ripe fruit acidity and an unusual liquorice twist.
Persatuan Petani Kopi Gayo Organik, Gayo Organic Coffee Farmers Association