Farmers & Cooperatives
We’re featuring two great coffees from the beautiful island of Sumatra! With this particular single origin, you have the unique opportunity to try the same coffee roasted to two colors: a medium roast and a very dark (or French) roast.
Learn a little more about the origin of these Indonesian coffee beans below…
Our Sumatran coffee was grown by members of the Asosiasi Kopi Gayo Organic Cooperative, also known as ASKOGO. This cooperative currently has 760 members, growing Fairtrade and Organic coffee in the Aceh Tengah and Bener Meriah regencies of Sumatra which are renowned for producing excellent coffee. The small farms are tucked into the dense tropical forests of the Northern Gayo Mountains, from 1000 to 1500 meters above sea level.
ASKOGO offers regular training activities to each of the farmers in their co-op, in order to improve the quality of their coffees, learn new harvest techniques, and implement more beneficial farming practices. This group was founded in 2008, and has continually improved their coffee in the subsequent years. We have been purchasing coffee from ASKOGO since 2015.
Sumatra Coffee Varietals and Origin Specifics
The Sumatran coffee we purchase is of the Typica, Bourbon and Catimor varieties. This coffee is grown in volcanic loam, a common soil for growing coffee, since you find these farms at particularly high elevations. The Takengon Highlands (where we source our Sumatra) have excellent soil, which accounts for such spectacular coffee coming from this region.
The processing method that most of Sumatra uses is “Wet-Hulled.” This process is traditional to Indonesia, and not something you’ll typically find at other origins. While it’s similar to the more common “washed” or “wet processed,” there are a few differences. Perfect Daily Grind does an excellent job of explaining the “Wet-Hulled” process in their 2015 article.
You can purchase a Medium Roast and a French Roast Sumatra here on the Thanksgiving Coffee website. If you’re a member of the Single Origin Club, you’ll be receiving a bag of our medium later this month! If not, shop organic Sumatran coffee through the link below: