Unroasted - Sumatra Fair Trade Organic GR1


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About the bean

Coffee from Sumatra tends to be earthy, woody and light on brightness. This week's featured pick, however, is a slight departure from the Sumatran norm: a high-end delight, our Sumatra Fair Trade Organic GR1 is a chocolatey, spicy coffee with a medium to good acidity. Expect a very nice body and mouthfeel.

For our taste test, we sampled the Sumatra FTO GR1 as both an American and City+ roast. Oh my, my! The aroma for the lighter American roast was transporting. No need for additives. This cup made us feel like we were kicking back, looking out over the ocean in a very happy place. The popular darker roast summoned forth a bittersweet, dark chocolate character. The loss of aroma at this level was criminal compared to the American experience but, as always, it's a matter of taste.

Sourced from the Gayo Organic Coffee Farmers Association (PPKGO) located in the Gayo Highlands in Sumatra's Aceh province, the PPKGO is the first, and still the only, coffee co-operative in Indonesia that is Fair Trade Certified. Cooperative members are small-scale coffee farmers dedicated to producing 100% certified organic, shade-grown coffee. In a region known for political conflict, the co-op has continued to produce, process, and export high-quality Sumatran coffee.

What to expect

A quality cup with a deep rich bottom and a subtle sweetness on top.

Roasting recommendation: This is a full-spectrum candidate. Go lighter and live! But a delight at any level. Roast a little darker to bring out the chocolate note. Excellent as an espresso. And just plain excellent.

Beyond the cup

This coffee sells at a premium to allow the co-op to support a wide variety of programs. These include:

  • Community nurseries that provide improved and grafted coffee and shade-tree seedlings
  • Rehabilitation of degraded lands and unproductive coffee trees
  • A weed cutter program to help farmers avoid the use of herbicides
  • A members' credit union that extends small loans to families in the cooperative
  • Upgrades of processing facilities
  • Community infrastructure projects, such as clean water supply
  • Increased staffing and development of the association

Co-op farmers live in an environmentally sensitive region - the buffer zone to a national park which contains critical watershed areas and sanctuaries for endangered species, such as the Sumatran tiger. Fair Trade price incentives and technical support provided by the cooperative are designed to encourage sustainable agriculture and resource conservation.

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