Region: Gayo Mountain, Bener Meriah, Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam, Sumatra
Number of members: 551 (all women, they are a women only cooperative)
Women in leadership roles: 18 women (Chairwoman & Business Manager, Secretary & Collector, Treasurer, Chair Supervisor, 2 Member Supervisors, 4 Collectors and 8 Delegates)
Total annual production: 612 metric tonnes
Total production area: 482 hectares
Grade: Grade 1
Varietal: Catimor Jaluk, Gayo 1 (Arabusta TimTim), Gayo 2 (Bourbon), S. Lini, P88
Process: Semi-Washed (Wet-Hulled), sun dried
Altitude: 1200 – 1800 meters above sea level
Acidity: Medium Acidity
Tasting Notes: Cocoa, Tobacco, Earthy, sweet, smooth and balanced
Certification: Fairtrade and Organic
Additional Information: Founded in 2014, KOKOWAGAYO is committed to develop woman’s ability in the industry, providing exposure toward International market and support the woman well-being. The name KOKOWAGAYO which are an abbreviation of Koperasi Kopi Wanita Gayo (Gayo Women Coffee Cooperative) create a secretive aura from its very feminine name.
KOKOWAGAYO located in Bener Meriah, one of the three regencies comprising Gayo Mountain Plantation. Bener Meriah, also known as The Land of White Elephant are the natural habitat for elephant in the area. Besides that, Bener Meriah area are heavily populated by buffalo, thanks to the Gayo people main occupation as grower. Owing to centuries of experience of Gayo people in plantation, they are capable to transform coffee parchment, coffee pulp, leaves, stalk, and manure into organic fertilizer. Thanks to the high growing altitude and the shade of the trees, the coffee ripens slowly allowing cherries to develop their full flavour. Once entirely ripened, the cherries are carefully handpicked, pulped, and naturally fermented before being washed and finally graded.