Farm info

Koperasi Buana Mandiri is a cooperative located in the Bener Meriah Regency of Aceh Province. With more than 2,000 members, the co-op has been certified both Fairtrade and Organic since 2015. Fairtrade premiums are returned to producers as both direct cash payments and as farm tools purchased in bulk and distributed to the co-op members. Most members of Koperasi Buana Mandiri live in the remote mountains of Bener Meriah and depend on coffee farming for income.

The Bener Meriah region of the Aceh province is a well-known Arabica coffee growing region. Most people in this region are coffee growers and own an average of half to one hectare. The high elevations of Bener Meriah are well suited for growing vegetables in addition to coffee. The Koperasi Buana Mandiri is located in the small city of Takengon, situated at the western shore of the long, open Lake Takengon, ringed by low mountains and hills.

More about Sumatra and its coffee.



The semi-autonomous province of Aceh lies on the northern tip of the island of Sumatra, Indonesia’s westernmost island. The country’s archipelago spans over 5,000 kilometers including 17,000 islands and 120 active volcanoes. Indonesia has a population of more than 260 million people, making it one of the world’s most populous countries.

There are many ethnic groups, languages, and religions present in Aceh. The people of Aech are known for their independent spirit and ability to make the most of challenging circumstances. Coffee varieties grown in Aech are a mix of legacy seedstock distributed by various waves of government and private interests. More than 100 different genetic varieties of coffee are present in Indonesia and Aceh’s regular rainfall, fertile soil, and moderate temperatures offer the ideal climate for Arabica coffee.

Coffee in Aceh is processed through wet-hulling, where both the cherry skin and the parchment layer are removed before the coffee is fully dried. Sumatran coffees are often described as earthy, and while we do find rich notes and extremely full body in coffees from Aceh, we also find notes of crisp pepper, agave syrup, honey, spices, and apple.