A small group of members from the Ketiara Cooperative live in the Bener Meriah highlands area that produces coffee from the Adsenia varietal, one of the oldest coffee varietals in Aceh. Many of these producers are women who unfortunately lost their husbands in the 2003 civil war. They have persevered in a male-dominated culture and industry to produce this bold cupping coffee. Each member farms an average of 1.3 hectares (at 1,500 meters). The yield per hectare is approximately 1 metric ton of exportable green coffee or 17 (60 kilo) bags. Many of the growers also produce orange, chili, avocado, banana, ginger, lemongrass, and honey. All the members who produce the Adsenia variety deliver their cherry to the Ketiara Cooperative for wet-hulling, dry milling and preparation for final export. It is the desire of the farmers in the Adsenia villages to continue producing this unique variety so that they can support the many widows and children and provide for their future.
Location: Bener Meriah province in Aceh
Sumatra Varietal: Adsenia
Process: Wet Hulled (Semi-Washed)
Drying: Patio sun dried
Altitude: 4,265 - 5,200 Feet (1,300 - 1,600 Meters)
Harvest Season: September - May
Assessment: A coffee for those who loves dark chocolate and molasses a long after tate of honey in the background. Rustic sweetness, herbal and earthy accents, a layered chocolate roast taste unfolds to rustic sorghum syrup, date sugar, and mossy, earth-toned aroma.