Our Decaf Sumatra Aceh is a Swiss Water Process, full body coffee with a deep rich flavor. It is sourced from the same cooperative as a regular Sumatra coffee.
Finding their voices unheard at a mixed-gender cooperative, the women of the Kokowagayo cooperative separated their coffee from the men’s in 2014 and began the first women-only cooperative in Sumatra. These women knew they would make more community-focused decisions than the men when deciding where to allocate the Fair Trade premiums. To further drive women-controlled funds to their families and communities, and to nurture space where women can share their ideas and wield exclusive decision-making power, the women of Kokowagayo started the Café Femenino Sumatra Program in 2015.
While women in Sumatra have always carried key roles in coffee production, they had been excluded from economic decision-making. By taking the bold step of creating their own women-only cooperative and joining Café Femenino, the women not only earn more money for their hard work, they also have the ability to decide where the money goes. Since starting the Café Femenino Sumatra Program, the women have used their increasing resources to, among other things, offer leadership and financial training to women coffee farmers, set aside capital for women’s entrepreneurial efforts, and even build a community center above their wet mill to provide a safe space for women to congregate to learn new skills.
Producers: 544 women
Women leadership: 18 women (Chairwoman & Business Manager, Secretary & Collector, Treasurer, Chair Supervisor, 2 Member Supervisors, 4 Collectors and 8 Delegates)
Production: 492 hectares; average farm size: 1 hectare
Certifications: Fair Trade, Organic, Small Producer Symbol (SPP)