The farmer group KSU Burni Bies Gayo was started in 2004 from the Gayo Highlands in the northern tip of Sumatra. It is composed of 866 coffee farmers from the area, 20% of whom are women. This coffee comes about after a decade-long internal project in cooperation with PT Indo CafCo and Atlantic Specialty Trading, working with farmers in the region and offering help and infrastructure with coffee production. We are finally starting to see the fruits of their labor.
The Gayo region is one of our favorites here at Groundwork, showcasing the clarity and crisp flavors of Sumatran coffee in lieu of the more earthy, woody qualities generally associated with Indonesian coffees. We noticed that this was an exceptionally clean and aromatic cup during sampling. The aromas of plum and cedar gave way to a smooth acidity and velvety mouth-feel, with notes of an Australian Shiraz, aromatic pipe tobacco, and a hint of clove. There are still some of the traditional qualities of peat moss, but not so much as to be distracting and off-putting. This is a very nice example of Sumatra from the Gayo region, and we are very happy to be adding it to our lineup.
In the Cup: cedar, pipe tobacco, dry spice, red wine, ripe red plum
Farmer Group: KSU Burni Bies Gaya
Region: Bener Meriah, Gayo Highlands
Varietal: Hibrido de Timor, Bourbon
Certification: USDA Organic
Processing: Semi-Washed, Wet Hulled, Sun Dried
Harvest: October - March
Altitude: 1300 – 1600 meters