In spite of its relatively young age, Ketiara has quickly established itself as one the most respected Fair Trade and organic cooperatives in the Gayo Highlands of Sumatra due to the excellent quality of its coffees, efficient contract performance, and a focus on innovation and continuous improvement. The group’s leader, Rahmah, is a force in the local coffee industry in spite of being a woman in the traditional, male-dominated Gayonese society. Her vision and tenacity have served as the foundation for Ketiara’s success, and within a few short years we have developed a strong relationship with the group. In contrast to the classic Sumatra profile dominated by notes of earth, cedar, and bell pepper, Ketiara’s coffees often feature fruit tones ranging from cherry and grape to citrus and pineapple, combined with lively acidity and creamy body. We source Gr.1 organic-only from Ketiara, some of which have increased traceability even within the cooperative. Lots from women producers bear the “Queen Ketiara” name, while the “Aceh Tengah” refers to lots from a collection of specific villages.
Our organic Queen Ketiara is grown in Aceh Tengah, or Central Aceh region, and is grown between 1200 and 1500 meters above sea level. More than 2,500 metric tons of coffee are grown in this region and include genetic varieties of Bourbon, Typica, Caturra and Catimor. Farmers harvest between October and May, and after going through the semi-washed processing method the beans are spread out to dry on collectors’ patios before being transported to the processing mill to be dried again.