Region: West Sumatra, Kayu Aro district
Farm: Alko Cooperative, 400 farmers
Coffee varieties: Andung Sari, Lini – S, Sigaran Utang
Drying: Patio tent floor
Cupping notes: Plum, Burnt Caramel, Cherry
Cupping score: 85.50
Located 7 hours drive hours from the city of Padang in the Kayu 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. 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 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. The honey and natural coffee are processed at the main centres where greater attention and care can be given to the coffees with all the cherry being floated and selected. They also have an electronic system and database online that producers have access too showing their coffee deliveries, prices paid as well a general information about sales the cooperative makes and also farming education and information they can reach.The honey is pulped and then dried on patio tent floor for 2 days before being transferred to the raised beds.