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Sumatra Sinabung Merga Silima
Butterscotch, Palo Santo, Lemon Zest
The Merga Silima tribe, scattered throughout the Karo plateau between two volcanoes, continues to maintain a traditional village lifestyle that includes homes that resemble boats. Here, nearly 160 producers cultivate and harvest coffee on farms that average less than 3 acres in size. 75% of producers are women who rely on coffee income to support their families. Each producer carefully sorts their harvested cherries before depulping and fermenting overnight with small micro-mills. Then the coffee is washed and laid out on patios to shed the excess water from the parchment covered beans. Next the coffee takes a detour from the conventional path of processing in other origins, wherein, the coffee parchment is removed while the coffee still has a high moisture content. This wet-hulling process, called Giling Basah in the Indonesian language, leaves the coffee bean exposed while drying on patios to a moisture percentage acceptable for export. This Indonesian processing method gives the bean its unique bluish color and the hallmark Indonesian profile.
Grower: 157 coffee producers organized around exporters Ita Sinuraya and Pinta Ria
Region: North Sumatra, Sumatra, Indonesia
Harvest: October- January | April- July
Altitude: 1200 – 1350 meters
Process: Wet hulled and dried in the sun