|Region||Kayo Aro, West Sumatra|
|Producers||Kerinci – Alko Coop|
|Varietal||Andung Sari, Lini – S, Sigaran Utang|
|Profile||Cherries & pepper|
The people who inhabit this region are originally from the island of Java and migrated to this region tin the 1960’s as part of a Government program looking to spread people to available land to farm. There are large Government tea plantations that dominate the landscape and it is only recently that coffee over the past seven years that coffee has been grown here alongside more traditional rice and vegetables.
The Alko Cooperative cooperative is unique in that it received funds from the WWF for a multifaceted project over a year to help improve their infrastructure and educate the farmers about working in harmony with the local environment and protecting the Kerinci National Park. The honey and natural coffee are processed at the main centres where greater attention and care can be given to the coffees with all the cherry being floated and selected. They also have an electronic system and database online that producers have access to showing their coffee deliveries, prices paid as well a general information about sales the cooperative makes and also farming education and information they can reach.