$8.00 - $15.00
Sumatra- Mandheling FTO
Description: The Ketiara Cooperative was established in 2009 by 38 people and joined the Fair Trade movement in 2011. Today, Ketiara has nearly 900 members and is led primarily by women, who occupy the positions of Chairwoman, General Manager, and Finance Manager. The cooperative averages 70 metric tons of coffee per month and produces 100% shade-grown Arabica coffee for overseas markets. This coffee has both Organic and FLO certifications. Member farms are located around the Lut Tawar Lake in the Gayo Highland in the district of Takengon and Bener Meriah, Central Aceh. The area is a mountainous, tropical forest within the Leuser Ecosystem and has temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The 897 Ketiara members manage a total of roughly 2000 acres. The cooperative uses the wet-hulled or semi-washed processing method, called "Giling Basah" in the local language.
The cooperative's area is surrounded by the Gunung Leuser National Park that straddles the border of North Sumatra and Aceh Provinces. The park hosts a wide diversity of flora and fauna: many mammals, birds, and primates such as the Sumatra tiger, elephant, wild boar, wild buffalo, python, and several species of maccaca, as well as thousands of plant species. The park is also the remaining habitat for Sumatra Orangutans.
Region: Tapanuli region of Sumatra.
Altitude: average height of 1400-1700 meters
Cupping Notes: Tangy acidity with savory coffee cherry and cocoa flavors and an herbaceous aftertaste