INDONESIA, KAYO ARO – KERINCI
Alko Cooperative 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 tin 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 climate in this area at 1600masl has The Alko Cooperative running since 2013 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.
Each of the 17 villages has its own small processing site for producing washed coffees which they have been taught. When the local farmer delivers cherry they float and remove immatures. The coffee is then left to ferment over night before then being washed and cleaned and then dried in the small green house patios for 7 – 10 days. After this the coffee is then taken to the main cooperative site where it is stored in plastic bags before being hulled and cleaned for defective beans. The coffee then travels to Medan where it undergoes a final cleaning/milling before being prepped for shipment. The group are also working to incentivise 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 know about the coffee produced from their farms.