Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Indonesia Bies Penantan Coffee Beans (340g) | Single Origin

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The Story
This rich, full-bodied coffee is the result of carefully selected lots prepared and produced by Stumptown's longtime partners at the women-led Ketiara Cooperative in Aceh, on the island of Sumatra.

Stumptown has been working with Ibu Rahmah, the chairwoman of the Ketiara Cooperative since 2013, around the same time the group became organic-certified. Bies Penantan refers to a specific group of villages in the highlands where the smallholders who contribute to this lot grow their coffee. The farmers produce their coffee organically on small farms around Takengon, a town in Aceh, Indonesia, where steady rainfall contributes to an almost year-round coffee harvest.

In addition to collecting, processing, blending, and preparing coffee for export, the Ketiara Cooperative also provides technical services and regular training on organic best practices for its members.

Tasting Notes: Full-bodied and sweet with notes of dark chocolate, pineapple and clove.


Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Since their beginnings, Stumptown has searched the world for the best coffee out there. That coffee grows in mountainous regions of the tropics — farms perched at high elevations with warm days, cool nights, and distinct rainy and dry seasons. Microclimates, soil composition, coffee cultivars, and post-harvest processing methods can each contribute distinct dimensions to the cup.

The Stumptown coffee team spends about half the year in producing countries, meeting directly with their producer partners on their farms, at their mills, and in their cupping labs.

The effort is worth it. Stumptown is not doing it the easy way by buying bulk, mid-quality beans anonymously from a trading house. Instead, they go right to the source of the best coffee — that farm atop a hill in Ethiopia, for example. They hike through fields, stand among coffee drying decks, and sit down to share a meal and talk about the crop with producers they’ve met many times.

Stumptown routinely pay producers well in excess of what they could receive on the commodity market, but they understand that their coffee demands more work — hand-picking each cherry at ideal ripeness and processing it with great attention to detail.