Cocoa, Lime Zest with Cherry & Sundried Tomato
The Ketiara Cooperative was established in 2009 by 38 members. In 2011, after joining the Fair Trade movement, the Co-Op decided to restructure the overall organization into 100% small farm holders. Current membership is 1,979 smallholders.
Madame Rahmah is the chairwoman and founder of the Ketiara Co-Op. 20 years ago she began as a small trader, purchasing only a few kilos of cherries, hand processing, and delivering them to local exporters. Now, Ketiara exports an average of 70 metric tons per month.
Ketiara’s member coffee plantations are located in Central Aceh, in the district of Takengon and Bener Meriah, surrounding the Lut Tawar Lake. Coffee was first introduced in the 18th century by Dutch colonists.
The region is surrounded by the Gunung Leuser National Park which straddles the border of North Sumatra and Aceh provinces. It is a habitat of essential mammals, birds, primates, and thousands of species of flora. It is also the last remaining habitat of the Sumatran Orangutan.
|ALTITUDE||1200 – 1500 M|
|VARIETALS||Bourbon, Typica, Caturra & Catimor|
|HARVEST||Sept. – May|
|CERTIFICATION||FLO Fairtrade & USDA Organic|