The Jewel of Gayo

By: Al Liu

In recent years Sumatra has gained a reputation among Fair Trade buyers as being a bit of a minefield, with multiple cooperatives being certified by FLO-CERT, losing their certification within a year or two for some infraction, and reappearing shortly thereafter under a new name. Good governance unfortunately is not a given in this origin, but amidst this maelstrom Koperasi Permata Gayo has been a rock both in terms of quality control and longevity. We first were introduced to them in 2009, and since then have received multiple shipments that reliably exhibit the classic flavors for which Sumatra is known. Permata Gayo’s territory covers multiple villages in the Bener Meriah regency of the Gayo Highlands of northern Aceh, however the co-op’s coffee manager personally identified eleven villages whose profiles fit the Atlas spec. He and his team build each lot using coffees from any combination of these villages, and the results have been remarkably consistent. In addition to the co-op’s focus on quality, Permata Gayo has actively promoted the preservation of Gayonese heritage by using some of the Fair Trade social premiums to fund a cultural school where children of producers learn traditional song and dance. We are proud to have Permata Gayo as a close partner and have enjoyed introducing our roaster clients to them.

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