To complement the unique processing techniques of northern Sumatra we roast this coffee aggressively but draw out the finish to ensure the wild earthy fruit notes are underscored.

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Permata Gayo Co-operative, Sumatra, Indonesia

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The story of Permata Gayo began in 2006 amidst the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami and following the 2005 Helsinki peace agreement between the government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement of Aceh Province, North Sumatra.

Fair Trade co-operative organizations in Sumatra are notorious for their lack of democratic process, corruption, and inappropriate use of the Fair Trade social premiums. Permata Gayo is one of the few that are striving for better. When Just Us! visited Sumatra in March 2014 we witnessed participatory democracy in action at the Annual General Assembly, improved transparency within the co-op, as well as the beginnings of some concrete projects like a tree nursery, compost facilities, and improved processing plants coming from the social premiums and partnerships with NGOs. In addition, a food program is in place to ensure ample rice for members during the “lean” months when money is scarce before the next harvest.

Just Us! purchases coffee from Permata Gayo together with Co-operative Coffees, a co-op of 23 coffee roasters from the United States and Canada.

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