Our contact person, Wihandro, explained to us that coffee producers from Aceh Gayo are in their own league when it comes to coffee farming and processing; it stays that way because it is an art that's passed down from generations to generations - a dedication to coffee since the arabica varietals were planted in the Aceh region back in 1924.
As the 4th largest coffee exporter in the world, Indonesia has been trying hard to keep up with the world in terms of quality coffee production, including innovations in coffee processing methods from wine process to the trendy anaerobic processes lately.
This black honey process Aceh Gayo is sweet with notes of dried topical fruits. It is in no way earthy or herbal (usually the first thing that pops when it comes to Indonesian coffee), and finishes as a comforting cup of joe.
On the Naming of the Coffee
At The Crackpots Coffee Roaster, we always try to help beginners and advanced drinkers alike to understand more about coffees. One of our efforts is to explain the various cryptic names of coffees which could be confusing.
Here’s a breakdown of this coffee:
Indonesia is an archipelago country off the coast of mainland Southeast Asia - they are also the 4th largest coffee exporter in the world!
One of the Sunda Islands in western Indonesia, also the largest island that is fully within Indonesian territory. It's capital in the northern part, Medan, is one of the busiest economic hub in Indonesia.
Location where this coffee is produced, on the Gayo Highlands in the autonomous province of Aceh (a very interesting area geopolitically).
Black honey process means that only a thin layer of skins were removed while a lot of flesh or “honey” was allowed to adhere to the beans during drying. This is the most tedious and expensive honey process because it requires more care to ensure that the beans are not over-fermented, or worse, rotten.