Virtually all of the coffee produced in Sumatra is processed the same, rudimentary way – resulting in a dirty, unsatisfying cup. Not ours, though. Our coffee is specially prepared just for us by the Women’s cooperative of Permata Gayo in Aceh, Sumatra.
We start by sourcing the coffee from 100% women owned farms. Then, the coffee is specially sorted and fully washed to remove any impurities. From there the coffee is sun dried on special patios built just for us. But it doesn’t end there. Before bagging the coffee up it is hand sorted three times to make sure no bad beans slip through. The result is a clean, full bodied coffee with delicious warming notes of nutmeg and cardamon.
From Sumatra, Indonesia to Your Cup
KOKOWAGAYO (KOPERASI KOPI WANITA GAYO)
Gayo Women’s Coffee Cooperative
Country: Indonesia, Sumatra
Region/area: Northeast corner of Aceh
Number of Producers: 476 women coffee farmers
Average Farm Size: 1 hectare
Certifications: Fair Trade, Organic
Exporter: Sumatera Permata Gayo
KOKOWAGAYO is the first all-women’s cooperative in Sumatra. While women carry key roles in coffee production, they are traditionally excluded from economic decisionmaking. A group of bold women formed this all-women’s cooperative to give economic power to female coffee growers. KOKOWAGAYO strives to increase the role and capacity of women in coffee farm and financial management. This group of business-oriented women are paving the way for redefinding gender norms in Sumatra.
Permata Gayo supports its sister cooperative with training and export services, guaranteeing consistent and exceptional quality. While the concept of an all-women’s cooperative in the region is innovative in the primarily Muslim Ache region, it is a natural progression as girls receive equal education and women business leaders become increasingly prevalent.