Located 7 hours drive hours from the city of Padang in the kayo Aro District of West Sumatra this coffee comes from small coffee gardens (0.25ha – 2Ha) which sit in the shadow of the beautiful Kerinci Volcano on the edge of the Kerinci National Park home to the endangered Sumatran Tiger. The people who inhabit this region are originally from the island of Java and migrated to this region tin the 1960’s as part of a Government program looking to spread
people to available land to farm. There are large Government tea plantations that dominate the
landscape and it is only recently that coffee over the past seven years that coffee has been
grown here alongside more traditional rice and vegetables.
The Alko Cooperative running since 2013 has 400 farmer members with a total of 291 Ha in
coffee spread across 17 villages. This cooperative is unique in that it received funds from the
WWF for a multifaceted project over a year to help improve their infrastructure and educate
the farmers about working in harmony with the local environment and protecting the Kerinci
National Park. The honey and natural coffee are processed at the main centres where greater
attention and care can be given to the coffees with all the cherry being floated and selected. They also have an electronic system and database online that producers have access too showing their coffee deliveries, prices paid as well a general information about sales the cooperative makes and also farming education and information they can reach.
The washed coffees are floated on delivery before then being pulped and fermented in water for fermented for between 12 – 36 hours depending on the weather. From here they are then transferred to the drying tents where they are dried for between 8 – 15 days.
The group are also incentivising the local farmers to collect rubbish from the area and national
park by rewarding every KG of rubbish collected they are giving out a bag of roasted coffee that they use in their homes and know about the coffee produced from their farms.