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Sumatra Permata Gayo Coffee by Brooklyn Roasting Company
12 oz. can
Country: Sumatra, Indonesia
Region: Gayo, Aceh
Altitude: 5,800-6,600 feet
Varietal: Mandheling Typica, Bourbon, Catimor, Timon hybrid
Process: Natural processed
• The Permata Gayo Cooperative was formed in 2006 by 50 coffee farmers in the Aceh region after an earthquake and tsunami devastated much of the local farmland.
• The purpose of the cooperative was to kick-start production again with a focus on organic farming to boost health and raise money.
• Today Permata Gayo has over 2,500 members, producing 100% organic Fair Trade Certified coffee.
• Fair Trade premiums are used to purchase agricultural tools and weeding materials, and invest in environmental education.
• There are programs focusing on women’s empowerment, including employment initiatives and specialized medical services.
• Sumatran coffee is semi washed, or “wet hulled”, giving beans more body and enhancing their distinct character.
The purpose of the cooperative was to kick-start production again with a focus on organic farming, which would not only benefit the health and well-being of the surviving communities, but would also raise valuable premiums needed to rebuild and reinvest in the area. In 2007, the cooperative was certified organic by the USDA and European Union, and a year later they became Fair Trade certified. Staying true to their vision to “work together for the welfare of our communities and to improve the lives of our members through the commercialization of the highest quality coffee,” the cooperative promotes Fair Trade principles of transparency, accountability and quality. Today, Permata Gayo has over 2,500 members, producing 100% organic Fair Trade Certified coffee – an incredible growth rate for a four-year-old organization. The collective has used Fair Trade premiums to purchase agricultural tools and weeding materials, and invest in environmental education and training in the effects of erosion, soil conservation and disposal of waste. Programs focusing on women’s empowerment are also prevalent, and special medical instruments and equipment have been purchased to support women through their pregnancies. The cooperative has also made an effort to hire women to do manufacturing work in processing facilities, as well as training in financial management.