NEW Ponaire Sumatra Aceh
Indonesia – Aceh, North Sumata -Ratu Ketiara Gayo Farm
Freshly Roasted in Newport Co. Tipperary
Women Owned and Managed Farm
New Ponaire Sumatra Aceh Coffee As young generation of coffee farmer, Ratu Ketiara is focusing on high quality Arabicas, organic and 100% Fairtrade certified. High quality of microlots are also developed under Ratu Ketiara. Some of the brands of Ratu Ketiara are already well-know, such as Queen Ketiara, Adsenia, but also Bies Penantan, Umang Super. Some microlots, like Kopi Muhtar, Ilawati are currently new products. Ratu Ketiara Gayo is member of the Ketiara Business Group that is focusing on producing high quality arabica specialty green coffee. Established in 2017, the group is lead by three women: Indayana as chairwoman, Dini as quality manager and Ms. Nurul Kemala as treasurer.
The passionate commitment of the co-op’s women managers, growers and workers—not to mention the quality of their coffee—has allowed Ketiara to expand to become an important supplier to larger coffee traders in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra. After much discussion, the cooperative members voted to become organic and Fairtrade-certified in 2012. (They have since left the Fairtrade program but still follow the Fairtrade ethos, while saving much time and cost associated with the FT program.) They use proceeds of the premium price their coffee fetches to create important community programs for health, education, and public infrastructure that benefit co-op members, the larger community, and the land around them.
As they put it, “Our passion is about profit and the welfare of our members, satisfaction of our buyers and customers, and protection of land and forest. We prefer an open and transparent trading system. A trading system that brings education to coffee growers. A trading system that creates opportunity for women to take a lead in this male-dominated coffee supply-chain. Is it possible? We don’t know, we just do.”