Visitors to international coffee shops never fail to find Gayo coffee on the menu. This special coffee comes from the Gayo highlands in Central Aceh, where the crop is organically grown without fertilizers and is widely known as “green beans” for being environmentally friendly.
Central Aceh is a cool area situated on one part of the Bukit Barisan mountain range, which stretches across the island of Sumatra. The Gayo highlands are also known for its Lake Laut Tawar, which is surrounded by thousands of hectares of vegetation, mostly coffee and pine.
The people of Central Aceh developed the skill of coffee planting with the arrival of Dutch colonizers around 1904. The entry of the Dutch was inseparable from the Gayo region’s potential for the growth of coffee and pine as a source of resin.
Gayo coffee’s entry to the world commodity market is due to its highly valued, typical flavor. It’s fine aroma and lack of bitter taste have become the characteristics of this Gayo Arabica product, superior to the flavor of Blue Mountain coffee from Jamaica.
Apart from the superior varieties, the organic method of Gayo coffee planting also makes this commodity a target for world coffee exporters, resulting in its high price due to demand for organic coffee. Almost 80 percent of coffee growers in Central Aceh maintain organic plantations.
The exceptional taste of Gayo coffee has made it a favorite among coffee drinkers in Europe, especially in the Netherlands. Gayo coffee belongs to the premium category, equal to the class of other world-famous products like Brazilian, Blue Mountain and Ethiopian coffee.
It was its unique flavor that prompted a Dutch entrepreneur to register the trademark of Gayo Mountain Arabica coffee with the World Trade Organization in Europe three years ago.