Kokowagayo is a coffee from Sumatra, specifically from the Gayo Mountain region in the Aceh Province and is certified organically sourced and a Fair Trade specialty coffee. The cooperative (aka Gayo Women’s Cooperative) is made up of 544 woman owned coffee farms with the average farm size of 1 hectare.
About the Coffee
It is grown at altitudes from 1,200 – 1,500 meters.
Thanks to the high growing altitude and the shade of the trees, the coffee ripens slowly allowing cherries to develop their full flavour.
The Dutch occupied the area from 1904-1942. During this time, the Gayo developed a thriving cash crop economy in vegetables and coffee.
In the Takengon region where this Kokowagayo is produced, the women coffee producers formed the country’s FIRST all women’s cooperative, KOKOWAGAYO. By February 2015, they were certified Fair Trade and organic and became an officially sanctioned Café Femenino Program by the end of the year.
With their Café Femenino premiums, they built a community center above their wet mill to allow for a safe space for women to congregate and learn new skills. Kokowagayo is conducting leadership and business training to improve, in their words, the skills and courage they need to be successful in entrepreneurship, financial management, and high quality coffee production.
While the concept of an all-women’s cooperative in the region is innovative in the primarily Muslim Ache region, it is a natural progression as girls receive equal education and women business leaders become increasingly prevalent.
We are excited to bring this coffee to you. We love the story and we love the coffee. We believe you will also.
Our lovely Costa Rica Willows (Rainforest Alliance Certified) is grown in the region of Naranjo-Alajuela, in Costa Rica at Hacienda Miramonte.
The Hacienda Miramonte plantation in Costa Rica is acclaimed for superior quality coffee beans produced there. Simply called, Willow.
The tradition of bean cultivation has been meticulously honed and polished through the family generation after generation of the Gurdian family. After nearly a Century in business, the Gurdians hold their matriarch, Lucila Duval de Morales, in high esteem.
In 1917 Señora Morales had a vision to build a coffee plantation and bought land in Heredia. Her entrepreneurial acumen blended with her love of fine coffee has been passed down the family line and today we are enjoying, frankly, the fruits of their labors or nearly 100 years.
Today her great-grandson, Ricardo Gurdian runs the operation and owner and operator. Ricardo supervises operation of Hacienda Miramonte with the same passion for coffee with which his great grandmother, Lucila, started. Refining their coffee processing methods their plan is to continue on the great tradition of great Costa Rican coffee, raising the bar each year to get the optimum flavor from each bean they grow and produce.
The tradition of Hacienda Miramonte remains as strong as its coffee plantation. The example of its founder is handed down once more, to a new generation. Ricardo Gurdian now counts on the support of his daughter, Viviana Gurdian, in moving the plantation forward. The fifth generation of Hacienda Miramonte follows the path of love and dedication with coffee in the same way as their ancestors.
Hacienda Miramonte is certified by Rainforest Alliance, UTZ, and Starbucks C.A.F.E. Practices.
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