A creamy and sweet light roast from West Sumatra. Aromas of cherry, clove, and a hint of primrose greet you, with more cherry, dried mango, and cedar notes in the brewed cup. Nougat sweetness is complemented by crisp kaffir lime acidity. Cocoa powder and almond provide the finishing touch.
Producer: Solok Radjo Cooperative
Farm: 500 Smallholders
Region: Jambi Province, West Sumatra
Altitude: 4,921-5,906 feet | 1,500-1,800 masl
Varietal: Sigararutang, LiniS795, Andungsari
Notes: Cherry, Nougat, Dried Mango
Honey processing, as opposed to traditional "wet-hulled" processing for most Sumatran coffees, lends this light roast a beautifully creamy body while emphasizing fruit notes.
From the importers, Crop to Cup:
"Solok Radjo Cooperative is made up of 500 members with 1-2 hectares each. It is a young, energetic group engaged not only in coffee production and export, but also in roasting, visiting cafes, brewing, agronomy, and more. They have three certified Q graders on staff and have cupping setups at both the field location in Aie Dingin and the mill location in Solok. They check moisture and roast on site to check each lot and report back to our local staff in Medan.
"The coop operates 8 collection stations across the region to reduce the distance farmers have to travel to deliver. Coop members are paid cash upon delivery of wet parchment thanks to pre-financing by our local staff and export partner in Medan. This further incentivizes growing membership and participation in the group.
"On the ecology front, Solok Radjo is serious. They have a grant from the government to re-forest 2,000 hectares of previously cleared land (by illegal loggers) at the border of the National Park. Protection of this forest is critical not just for carbon capture, but also for wildlife protection: almost 40% of the world’s remaining population of wild tigers resides in this park. Solok Radjo’s initial phase included planting trees across 150 hectares. They’re now expanding to additional hectares. They are growing both shade tree/forest seedlings and coffee tree seedlings at their coop nursery, and re-making this cleared land into forest with coffee trees growing under the canopy."