Sumatran Arinagata semi-washed Gayo Organic and Fairly Traded coffee

R245.00R820.00 incl. VAT

A semi-washed coffee grown in the Gayo region of Aceh, Sumatra and harvested near the Takengon river. When tasting it it reminded us of red grapefruit lightly sprinkled with brown spice and sugar.

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This Sumatran Arinagata we sourced from Trabocca as part of a shipment with Rosetta.

Sumatran Coffee

The Dutch planted Arabica coffee in Indonesia in the 1600s. They brought coffee seed from India through their trade routes. After the coffee rust in the late 1700s, most of the Arabica plant were replaced with Robusta. Today, Robusta coffee dominates Indonesia’s plantations. It covers over 70% of the coffee land. Arabica based coffees are rare.

Most farms in Sumatra are small. They range from one to five hectares. Different varietals grow together across the country. Sumatran coffees have a unique semi-washed process. It is called “wet-hulled” or Giling Basah. This process meets the market expectations. It leaves little room for alternative processing.

You can read more about the history of Indonesian coffees here…


Arinagata Cooperative produces and exports the Gayo variety of Arabica Coffee. It specialises in Organic Coffee and Fair Trade coffee. Furthermore, the Cooperative works with 1.820 selected coffee farmers. They have 1.831,5 hectares of coffee plantations in 32 villages. The villages are in Aceh Tengah district of Aceh Province, Indonesia. The Cooperative started in 2006 and can produce 62 containers per year on average.

Arinagata has Organic certification from Control Union since 2007 (CU 807170). It also has Fairtrade International certification since 2008 (FLO ID 18296).

Arinagata’s support the farmers

The Cooperative offers various forms of support to its farmers. For instance:

  • Farmers can benefit from Organic and Fairtrade certification, which enables them to access better markets and prices for their coffee.
  • The Cooperative trains them on how to produce quality coffee using different processes.
  • The Cooperative also organises workshops on women’s leadership and gender-responsive cooperative governance, in collaboration with other co-ops and organisations. This can empower women farmers and increase their participation in decision-making.
  • Combining lots and using a single mill ensures coffee reaches coffee roasters world-wide.

Sumatran Arinagata Gayo

Asian coffee has been a challenge for us. While the traditional commodity grade coffees are a dime a dozen, good Asian coffee has been harder for us to source. We love the variety that this Sumatran coffee offers us as coffee lovers.

Aceh Province, North Sumatra, Indonesia.
Cooperative represents 1,820 farmers each having on average half – one hectare. This lot is from producers near the Takengon river.
100% Arabica Gayo (or Tim-Tim).
 1,200-1,800 masl.
Semi-washed / wet-hulled.
Jute bag
When tasting it reminded us of red grapefruit lightly sprinkled with brown spice and sugar.
Roast used:
A gentle bump and kick profile that produced the grapefruit acidity.
Roast degree:
Light – using my-tonino.com

Starting Brews

Brew Method Ratio Brew Method Ratio
Espresso 1:2.4 (27sec) AeroPress 17g:200g (medium)
Plunger 48g:800g Pour over/filter 18g:300g (45+3mins)

Transparency Information

Sourced from Trabocca
FOB price €9.61/kg € :ZAR on time of payment was 1:20.61
Cupping score 84.25 (from Trabocca)
Logistics Cost of approx R30/kg.
Producer Arinagata Cooperative.
Lot size bought 1 x 60 kg bag (Batch: PBO210623-01).
Relationship This is our first coffee from this co-operative.


A video of the Arinagata co-operative:


  • Trabocca website info – here…
  • James Hoffman’s book, The world atlas of coffee.
  • Arinagata co-operative website here…
  • Wikimedia – map.


Coffee category

2. Medium bodied


fruit, spice, sweet

Coffee region



4 ★ Single


Indonesia, Quaffee, Sumatra




1kg Packet, 250g Box, 275g bag, 500g Packet, 750g Packet




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