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BAD HABITS - INDONESIA ACEH GARO

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Ketiara is a women-led cooperative in Aceh, in the Gayo highlands on the Island of Sumatra, with over 25 years experience in coffee trading.

Ketiara is a pillar of supporting coffee producing families in the region, with a particular focus on promoting women within the coffee business.

The coffee at Ketiara is processed using a method known as giling basah (or semi-washed) - a unique method of coffee production in Indonesia. Once picked and depulped, the coffee is partly dried to about 30-35% moisture content, compared to 11-12% as is standard in other processes. It is then hulled (the green beans are stripped of their parchment) and dried again as naked green beans.

Semi-washing results in coffees with lower acidity and more body than other coffees, with more woody, earthy and tobacco flavours.