Coffee's Role in Sumatra
One of the largest islands of the Indonesian archipelago, Sumatra is known for its rugged tropical terrain, sprawling wildlife, and smoldering volcanoes. The country offers a large range of landscapes—from lush rainforests and limestone caves to cascading rivers and beautiful, white, sandy beaches.Coffee was introduced to Indonesia in the 18th century by Dutch traders. Today, the country ranks is the fourth largest coffee producer in the world. Sumatra is also the largest producer of Indonesian coffee, representing approximately 15% of its total production. Close to 90% of the coffee production in Sumatra is in the hands of small farmers or cooperatives, making it an important economic activity for the region.
Regions & Cup Profile
March – January
10 million bags (in all of Indonesia total)
Catimor, Cattura, Typica, S-type, regional hybrids
Mandheling, Lintong, Gayo Mountain, and Aceh