The Gayo Mountain variety beans we use are grown at elevations ranging from 3,200 to 6,000 feet on farms from one to four acres in size and are inter-planted with fruits and vegetables, allowing farmers to be more self sufficient. Farmers are able to deliver their beans directly to the factory, providing them higher prices for their product and direct access to export markets.
The Gayo Mountain Sumatra is certified organic by Skal, a non-profit Netherlands-based certification agency, internationally recognized for excellence.
Developed to its fullest potential, our French Roast Sumatra has a full body, a slightly nutty, earthy flavor and a sweet finish. If you enjoy a hearty cup with enough flavor to shine through the addition of milk or cream, this coffee is ideal.
The Canopy coffee is from the Gayo Organic Coffee Farmers Association (Persatuan Petani Kopi Gayo Organik, or PPKGO) near Takengon in Aceh province, Sumatra. This is a big co-op, with nearly 2000 members, and all are organic. The farms are located at between 1100 and 1500 m in the buffer zone to Gunung Leuser National Park. Shade grown coffee in Sumatra is especially important because illegal logging threatens remaining forests, including those in protected areas. The demand for timber has been particularly acute since the 2004 tsunami. PPKGO grows a number of varieties of coffee: Bergendal (they typica variety most often grown in Sumatra), Sidikalang (I presume this is another typica cultivar from the named region near Lake Toba), and the hybrids Catimor and Caturra.