We are working on technical specifications with the Ketiara cooperative (meaning success in the Gayo language) for an extremely high quality Sumatra. Ketiara is made up of 90% women, boasting more than 900 small scale producers who each own around half a hectare. The Shere khan is harvested in 8 neighboring villages located in Aceh Tengah at between 1200 and 1500 metres altitude. A first harvest is made between September and November and a second in March and April. All coffees from this cooperative are 100% traceable and are exclusively from farms with an organic certification. The estates are located in an area which combines mountains and tropical forests which allow the coffee plants to grow under the shade of avocado and orange trees. The coffee from female producers owes its name to the famous tiger native to the island of Sumatra.
The Wet hulled method is a traditional preparation from Sumatra. The parchment is removed at a high level of humidity – well over 16 % - then the green bean is dried, giving it a bright blue colour. The Shere Kahn is a grade 1 coffee, produced as pulped semi-washed, dry-fermented for 8 hours then deparched at 30-40% humidity.