Kokowagayo (Gayo Women Coffee Cooperative) is the first all - women cooperative in the coffee industry in Sumatra. Established in 2014, it is located in the Gayo Mountain region in the Aceh Province, Sumatra.
The role of women in coffee production has always been very important; they are involved in each step, from farm maintenance to processing coffee for export. Having acquired this expertise a few women associated with Koperasi Permata Gayo created a “women only” cooperative of coffee farmers.The goals of their cooperative are to increase the income and quality of life for women farmers and their families through agriculture and the coffee trade, and to improve their financial management skills. Each member of the women’s cooperative is the acknowledged manager of her family’s coffee farm, recognized as such by her husband.
The profile of Kokowagayo coffee is similar to Coop Coffees' Sumatran Silk, which is a special preparation coffee from the Permata Gayo Coop. Kokowagayo is sweet, with milk chocolate and cooked fruit flavours, along with mildly earthy, hoppy and guava notes. Its delicate acidity, round and chewy body are also traits of coffees from the Gayo mountain region.
Social Premium Investment: 2019 Crop YearFair Trade Certification guarantees 20 cents/lb of the price paid a producer organization is set aside as a social premium. How this money is invested is a decision taken collectively by the general assembly of members at the end of each harvest. Below is a break down of how producers in this organization chose to spend their fair trade premium.
Community DevelopmentMembers welfare, agricultural equipment, empowerment
EducationProductivity and quality development training