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Gayo Honey

Gayo Honey from Indonesia is a honey-processed coffee grown by the dedicated smallholder farmers Dul & Sarjono in the Aceh region of Sumatra. We partnered with a friend in the region who works closely with farmers in his area to experiment with different processing methods, as the climate and history in Sumatra generally lead producers to use a wet-hulled method. Through careful planning, they were able to produce a spectacularly fruit-forward coffee that is unlike any other coffee we’ve tasted from Sumatra.

Gayo Honey has a really special taste profile consisting of sweet lemon and delicate floral notes. Instead of the typical Sumatran “earthy” taste, we found a well-balanced but complex mix of flavors more akin to a cocktail. Filter methods like V60 or Chemex are the best way to highlight the fruit and floral aspects of this coffee.

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Sustainability Benchmarks

The following coffee benchmarks have been collected with the help of our importing partners and farmers. Firelight Coffee uses this information to understand and verify the sustainability of each coffee prior to purchase. All information was freely shared by our importing partners and/or the coffee farmer or producer. Sustainability scores were determined by Firelight Coffee based on an evolving set of internal scoring methods and are subject to change. Click to expand each section below the graph for more details.

Organic Farming
Is the coffee certified organic? No
Has soil analysis been done to determine the optimal fertilizer need? No
Is the appropriate amount of fertilizer used on the farm? Unclear. The farm uses 250kg NPK Phonska per hectare per year, 4 tons of compost from cow manure, goat manure and coffee cherry skins per hectare per year.
Has the use of most synthetic fertilizer been reduced on the farm? No, for every 1 part industrial grade fertilizer he uses 8 parts organic fertilizer.
Has the amount of herbicides, specifically Glyphosat, and pesticides been reduced to no more than once per year? No
Is any water treatment done for the water used to process the coffee? No
Regenerative Farming
Does the farm have at least 30 shade trees per hectare? Yes
Does the farm have at least 50 shade trees of 3+ types per hectare? Yes
Is there adequate soil coverage on the farm to promote soil protection? No
Has irrigation been limited, only being done on top of covered soil? Yes
Has the use of Chloride been limited? Yes
Has the use of Chloride been stopped completely? Yes
Is there increasing biodiversity in plant and animal life on the farm? Explain Yes, there are currently 12 different varieties of trees.
Is there succession based biomass present on the farm (e.g. grass cover crops, pioneer trees, climax trees)? No
Are all defensive and fertilizing inputs used natural and regenerative? No
Is waste properly disposed of on the farm? Yes, waste is used to create organic fertilizer and as compost
Does the importer have a plan to seek increased environmental efforts at the farm level? No
Environmentally Conscious Transport
How far was this coffee transported via container ship? 10,210 mi
How far was this coffee transported via land/truck? 2741 mi
Buying Strategy
Is the coffee price set according to the C-Market? Yes, they consider the local market price for red cherries and add a processing margin.
Does the importer pay producers directly or through a cooperative or other third party? Yes, they pay the processors directly. We usually pay 50% up front, and then 30% along the way, with the final 20% payment when all the coffee is ready and in the exporter warehouse. Sometimes we pay the final 20% even before we are paid the final amount from the buyer. we also handle the purchase of grain pro, jute bags, the stenciling, etc. to allow the processors to focus on the coffee and not get weighed down with logistics.
What is the FOB Price? $4.15
Fair Price for Labor
Is the FOB price in line with the Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide? Yes, far above
Does farmgate (amount paid to the farmer) cover the cost of production? Yes
Does farmgate provide a living wage above cost of production? Yes
Working Conditions
Is the farm fair trade certified? No
Do you have an assessment of the risk of child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in your region? No
Do you have an assessment of the risks of discrimination, workplace violence and harassment, including sexual and gender-based violence in your region? No
Do you have policies and procedures in place for identifying, mitigating, preventing, monitoring and remediating child labour, forced labour, human trafficking, discrimination and workplace violence and harassment, including sexual and gender-based violence? No
Philanthropy
Does the importer have a plan to partner with the producer to increase gender equity in this growing region? No
Does the importer have a plan to partner with the producer to increase local education opportunities? No
Does the importer have a plan to partner with the producer to alleviate extreme poverty in the region? Yes, they try and pay market price or higher for coffee especially in times when the market is down and farmers have a hard time coverng costs. They also focus on small-holder farmers with less than 2.5 hectares of land (typically these are individuals with a higher risk of severe poverty).
Does the importer have a plan to partner with the producer to increase access to sustainable energy? No
Does the importer have a plan to partner with the producer to build, maintain, or increase access to local infrastructure? No
Does the importer have a plan to partner with the producer to increase access to clean water and/or nutritious food? No
Does the importer have a plan to partner with the producer to support the local economy through job creation &/or infrastructure maintenance? Yes, one of the reasons they opened a local business was to create employment opportunities. Currently they employ 8 Indonesian staff members.

Additional Info

  • Origin: Indonesia
  • Region: Sumatra, Aceh/Gayo
  • Community: Atu Lintang
  • Farmer/Producer: Dul & Sarjono
  • Process: Honey
  • Variety: Catimor
  • Tasting Notes: Jasmine, Clean, Lemonade, Bright, Candied Plum
  • Harvest Year: 2023/24
  • Farm size in hectares: 80
  • Importing Partner: PT. Kopi dan Kelor Sumatera Makmur
  • Partnership length with Firelight Coffee: 2 years
  • Brewing method recommendation: Pourover, Chemex, Drip, Aeropress
  • Origin Cupping Score: 83
  • Firelight Cupping Score: 84

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