Sumatra - Kerinci Alko
The Kerinci Alko farms sit in the shadow of the beautiful Kerinci Volcano on the edge of the Kerinci National Park, home to the endangered Sumatran Tiger. The Alko Cooperative has been running since 2013 and has 400 farmer members with a total of 291 hectares of coffee, spread across 17 villages. This cooperative is unique in that it received funds from the World Wildlife Foundation for a multifaceted project over the course of a year, to help improve their infrastructure and educate farmers about working in harmony with the local environment, protecting the Kerinci National Park. Kerinci Alko’s coffees are processed at the main cooperative centres, where minute attention and care can be given to processing as all the coffee cherry is floated and selected.
This washed coffee has been floated before being pulped and fermented in water for between 12 – 36 hours, depending on the weather. From here it is transferred to drying tents where they are dried for between 8 - 15 days. The group are also incentivising local farmers to collect litter from the national park by rewarding every kilogram collected with a bag of roasted coffee, that they use in their homes and learn more about how the local coffees are cupped and experienced in cafes and roasteries around the world.
Available in 250g bags