Travelogue I created from my trip to Aceh and the Gayo coffee area way back in 2008!
This was part two of the extended trip to SumatraIndonesians are available as a unique wet-hulled or dry-hulled (washed) coffees. Giling Basah is the name for the wet-hulling process in Bahasa language, and will have more body... ...more was to return to Medan, then take the grueling 12 hour drive north and west, into the AcehThe northernmost district in SumatraL Aceh District is north of North Sumatra and produces some very classic Sumatra coffees. The center of coffee in Aceh is Lake Tawar... ...more district, and Takengon city on the shores of Lake Tawar.
Wendy and I were joined by Aleco from Stumptown, Geoff from Intelligentsia, Robert from Kaffa Oslo, and the Specialty CoffeeSpecialty coffee was a term devised to mean higher levels of green coffee quality than average "industrial coffee" or "commercial coffee". At this point, the term is of... ...more Association of IndonesiaUSDA is (obviously) the United States Department of Agriculture. USDA also had coffee plant breeding programs in the past and one variety they distributed to Indonesia and was... ...more folks, and others.
We met exporters, swam in the lake, rode motorcycles, and enjoyed the food (sort of). Aceh is an Islamic area, so it was strictly BYOB! It’s a very beautiful district, and the coffee has great potential too. We visited a host of exporters and cooperative coffee farmer groups. … including the source for our Classic MandhelingA trade name used for wet-hulled Sumatra coffees. It is an area and a culture group as well (spelled Mandailing often) but there is not as much coffee... ...more coffee.
A few of the pictures here are out of order – and a lot have absolutely nothing to do with coffee, as usual! Here’s the photos from my trip Sumatra Aceh Takengon Lake Tawar