Jangkat highland of Merangin District, Jambi Province has long been known as a robusta coffee-producing region. The highland is in the vicinity of the Kerinci Seblat National Park, a home to rich biodiversity and endemic species such as the Sumatran tiger.
Coffee has the potential to be an important source of income for forest communities and create a strong incentive for them to protect the forests. In doing so, Rikolto works with a local NGO, Lembaga Tiga Beradik to train coffee farmers on how to cultivate coffee sustainably. We also delivered training on post-harvest coffee processing to help famers produce a fine robusta. After years of training and learning processes, farmers can produce fine robusta with a consistent quality. They go with the name D'jangkat Sungai Tenang as their coffee brand.
At a coffee auction hosted by the Specialty Coffee Association of Indonesia in 2018, D'jangkat Sungai Tenang was sold for a staggering Rp 300.000/kilogram (equals to USD 21.2), breaking the record for robusta coffee sales.
Read more in "Promoting Jambi's fine robusta" (at the moment only available in Indonesian). Indonesian version can be accessed here.