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Java Mountain Women's Cooperative

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Java Mountain Women's Cooperative

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Java Mountain Women's Cooperative Pangalengan Ciwidey - medium roast, notes of lemon-lime, maple syrup, and apple.

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Grower: Java Mountain Women's Cooperative

Variety: Arabica

Region: West Java, Indonesia

Harvest: May - December

Altitude: 1,500 – 1,650 meters

Soil: Volcanic loam

Process: Fully washed and dried in the sun

The Java Mountain Women’s Cooperative is situated South of Bandung, in West Java, Indonesia. Generally, much of the washed Arabica from Indonesia’s most populous island is produced in government plantations in East Java. Plantations like Blawan and Pancur are vestigial remnants of the VOC (Dutch East India Company) and their colonial coffee production practices. West Java was a major producer in the past, being one of the first areas used by the Dutch to cultivate coffee in the late 17th century. This area was devastated by the coffee leaf rust epidemic of 1876, and has only recovered production in recent years.

This is our first year bringing in Java Mountain Women’s Cooperative coffee; the Cooperative itself was formed recently in 2016 with an association of 50 women. The areas surrounding Pangalengan and Ciwidey tended by small farmers are beginning to produce excellent coffee, and we’re happy to be the first to bring this particular selection to the US market, especially since they plan to use part of the earnings from this crop to achieve Organic certifications and fund social programs. Another portion of earnings will be used to develop a sustainable nursery program to provide coffee, rubber tree, banana, and other seedlings for members.

This coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Java Mountain Women’s Coffee cooperative, which operates in the mountain villages of Ciwidey and Pangalengan, West Java, Indonesia.  Java Mountain Women’s Coffee cooperative was founded in 2016 with an association of 50 women.  Women in rural Java account for 60 percent of the labor input for the Java coffee industry but they earn less than 10 percent of the revenue generated from coffee and own less than 1 percent of the land utilized for coffee production.   To empower change, Java Mountain Coffee, a social enterprise, buys coffee from women producers and reinvests profits in a Women's Empowerment Innovation Fund.  This fund is designed to equip female producers with farm management and quality control training; certification assistance; and a nursery program where women will have access to seedlings of coffee, citrus, bananas, timber and rubber trees necessary for diversified farm renovation.  This lot is the first coffee Java Mountain Coffee has exported to the United States.