Ribang Gayo (Natural) - Sumatra
Pink Bubblegum, Pineapple, Juicy
Limited Time Offering - We're super lucky to have sourced two incredible coffees from Asman Arianto, processed two different ways. Unlike his fully washed harvest (available here), this Sumatra is dynamic and candy-sweet. It's juicy, winey, and reminds us of tropical fruit nectars, pineapple, and pink bubblegum. Hailing from the Ribang Gayo Cooperative led by Asman Arianto, this coffee is a fantastic example of how processing can diversify flavors in the cup.
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Producer Asman Arianto
Region Aceh Province
Elevation 1500-1700 masl
Varieties Abyssinia, Ateng, Tim Tim, Gayo 1, Gayo 2
When Asman Arianto arrived in Aceh Tengah in 1998, he began collecting and processing wet-hulled (giling basah) coffee. This unique process is used almost exclusively in Sumatra, where many producers lack the drying infrastructure required to shelter parchment coffee from high humidity and inconsistent rainfall. Asman soon decided to transition to natural, washed, and honey processes with huge success. Ten years later, in 2018, he formed the Ribang Gayo Musara Cooperative with the goal to offer competitive prices and training for other farmers in the area.
Today the cooperative is made up of over 350 producers who deliver hand-picked cherries to a newly completed wet mill in Pantan Musara. There the fruit goes through a rigorous selection process before being dried on raised beds in greenhouses.