Continuing our Fairtrade Fortnight Spotlight series, we are looking at the Gayo Farmers Association of Aceh, Sumatra. This cooperative has been leading the way for Fairtrade certification in Indonesia and supplies the beans we use in our Fairtrade and Organic certified Java single origin.
Gayo Farmers Association
Located on the north tip of Sumatra, Indonesia, the region of Aceh is fairly special. Due to its geographical location it is believed to have been the focal point for the spread of Islam through Indonesia from around 650AD and it has a substantial amount of natural wealth and resources – some even estimate that Aceh’s gas reserves are among the largest in the world. And during the 17th Century the Sultanate of Aceh was one of the most powerful and cultivated states in either Indonesia or Malaysia. It really is a stunning part of the world.
But in our eyes the best thing about Aceh is its rugged hills, scenic valleys and fertile soil that characterise the northwest of the area. It is here where some truly great coffee is grown by the Gayo Farmers Association (PPKGO), the first Fairtrade certified cooperative in Indonesia.
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