This coffee is produced on family owned farms organized around the Ratu Ketiara Gayo cooperative (RKG), located in the Takengon highlands of the Aceh province on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. This region of Indonesia is also referred to as the Gayo land because the coffee farmers are from the Gayonese ethnic group. The RKG cooperative was established in 2017 by a group of young women focused on creating gender equity and investing in young coffee producers. The female leadership is mentored by Rahmah (chairperson of PT Ketiara umbrella cooperative) who works tirelessly with a number of cooperatives in the region to overcome the inequity of a male dominated coffee industry in Indonesia.
Tasting Notes: A very clean traditional Sumatra cup. Medium to full bodied with some nice exotic incense spice notes intermingled with a bakers chocolate and smoky cup profile. The cup moves itself beyond average with a little acidity and floral at the medium roasts, giving a much more balanced cup with a greater depth of flavor; dependent on roast point. Very light roast themselves are not recommended (for almost all Indo coffees). Medium roasts were very nice and balanced, a little lemony acidity upfront mixing with a bunch of spice and hints of a chocolaty factor; a decent roast point for pour-overs or drip. Darker roasts were fuller bodied and very smoky with the spice lingering in the aftertaste, very low acidity; good for dark roast fans, espresso or blend bases.
Roasting Notes: A nice screen for a Sumatra makes it a bit easier to roast then many Sumatra beans. Low in chaff due to the processing (wet-hulled). A longer setup is nice for this cup, gives much more rounded edges and smooth characteristics. Very light roasts are to be avoided, a medium to dark roast matches the cup profile very nicely.