Sumatra | Takengon Gayo Select - Dark Roast
Flavor Profile - Lush, syrupy body dripping with rich golden dark roast tones (we know people who call Sumatra, "King of the Dark Roasts") with surprising clarity and deep sweetness. Notes of dates, pine, semi-sweet chocolate, grape leaves, citrus and nut reveal as the cup cools.
Sumatra Takengon Gayo Takengon Select
-Region: Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
-Process: Wet hulled and dried in the sun
-Elevation: 1,200 – 1,600 meters
-Variety: Bourbon, Catimor, and Typica
More info about this coffee
This coffee comes from the highest altitude family-run farms within two cooperatives—Ketiera and Koperasi Kopi Gayo Organic (KKGO)—located in the Takengon highlands of the northern Ache province on the island of Sumatra. In effect it is double select coffee: we are selecting the coffees we like from select high-altitude lots produced by the two cooperatives, who are both committed to improving cup quality and living conditions in their region.
Like the other Sumatrans we’ve sourced since our founding, to insure quality the cooperatives put a neat twist on the traditional Sumatran wet-hull method. Instead of removing the parchment layer surrounding the coffee beans when the beans’ moisture content measures the usual 30-40 percent and then finishing the drying of the exposed beans on patios, they wait until the moisture content registers close to 20 percent before hulling, then finish the sun-drying on raised screens or patios. The result of the more carefully protected drying is a cleaner, slightly brighter cup with less hard earth or must tones found in many traditional wet-hulled lots. In contrast to wet-hulling, in the wet or washed processing method practiced in most of the rest of the world, the beans are dried and rested in parchment, which is not removed until the initial stages of dry milling and export preparation.
The farms and cooperatives are managed mainly by women from the Gayoneese ethnic group—many of the men were killed or exiled during the Free Ache Movement that actively resisted Indonesian government control, until as recently as 2005. The movement can trace its roots to the brutal 30 year Ache War of Gayoneese resistance to Dutch colonialism in the late 1800’s—who use the premium (Fair) prices they receive to address needs in their communities including health clinics and recovery from a 2013 earthquake.
-Certified Fair-Trade & Organic