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Sumatra Aceh Natural - Gayo

Pineapple, lime, dried tobacco, raisin, good body, bright
$5.41 / lb $715.61 / bag
TOP LOT
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2022/23
Status Spot
Lot Number P609341-4
  • 29 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

The Gayo highlands are part of the Bukit Barisan mountains in the Aceh region of northern Sumatra, where the tip of the island points toward the Bay of Bengal. Coffee farms are as common here as is the word “Gayo,” a moniker as likely to be attached to hotels, restaurants, and campgrounds around Lake Tawar as green coffee. The Gayo people have lived in the central highlands of Aceh for more than 1,000 years in small villages called “kampongs.” Although the Gayo people remained fiercely independent during Dutch occupation, they took quickly to coffee farming. The altitude, soil, and dramatic variations in weather are ideal for growing coffee and overtook tea and pepper, the dominant cash crops until early in the 20th century.

Country of Origin Indonesia
Harvest Season 2022/23
Coffee Grade IDN CA WA LIN SC 17+
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Natural/Dry Processed
Region Aceh
Farm Name Various smallholders
Growing Altitude 1100-1400m

History of Coffee in Sumatra

Coffee seeds first arrived in Java from India in 1696, but it was a swing and a miss; the initial plantings were wiped out by flooding. Take two, cuttings from Ceylon, arrived in 1699 with a guy named Hendrik. It’s unclear when coffee planting arrived in Sumatra specifically. Java was the coffee king of Indonesia (aka the Dutch East Indies) for at least 100 years after cuttings first arrived from Ceylon before coffee of any significant volume was grown on other islands. And well into the 20th century, much coffee grown throughout Indonesia was called Java. 

Growing Coffee in Sumatra

Coffee grows in the northern highlands, in an areas known as Tapanuli, Aceh and Gayo; and further south at Lintong, near lake Toba (one of the deepest in the world). Mandheling is not a region but a people of northern Sumatra, but much coffee from that area is named after them. Most coffee in Sumatra is grown between 2,500 and 5,500 feet and nearly all coffee is grown by smallholders coffee farmer. Nine out of 10 coffee farmers in Sumatra grow coffee on less than one hectare of land. Virtually all Sumatran coffee is wet hulled, a process known as “giling basah”. Plant Species include Bergandal and Sidikalang varieties of Typica, Hibrido de Timor (aka "Tim Tim"), a Bourbon cultivar known as Linie S, S-288 and S-795 found in Lintong, Rambung, Abyssinia, "USDA,” Caturra cultivars and Catimor lines. 
 

  • Status Spot
  • Region Aceh
  • Farm Name Various smallholders
  • Processing Natural/Dry Processed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Coffee Grade IDN CA WA LIN SC 17+
  • Growing Altitude 1100-1400m
  • Ctrm Region Gayo
  • Country of Origin Indonesia
  • Warehouse The Annex
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot Yes
  • CTRM Contract Number P609341-4

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