Coffee of the Month: Sumatra Queen Ketiara
Woodlands Market proudly serves freshly brewed coffees from our local roasting partner, Equator Coffees. Join us as we highlight a different single-origin bean every month, each with a unique flavor profile.
Sumatra Queen Ketiara Fair Trade Organic
Flavors of vanilla, milk chocolate, fresh pipe tobacco, hints of clove and tangerine.
Equator has been purchasing coffee from cooperatives in the Gayo Highlands for many years. Since 2015, they solidified a purchasing relationship with Ketiara, a cooperative that produces great-tasting coffee that transcends the stereotypical earthy character Sumatra coffees are known for. Ketiara maintains a flavor profile that is clean and balanced, with flavors of aromatic wood, dark fruit, spices and fresh tobacco.In celebration of the cooperative’s ability to provide consistent cup character, Equator’s Fair Trade and Organic certified Sumatra has been renamed “Queen Ketiara.”
Ketiara produces great coffee and is led by a charismatic woman named Rahmah. After working in coffee for many years, she helped found Ketiara in 2009 with just 38 members and currently serves as the co-op’s chairperson. In the years since it was established, the co-op membership has expanded to nearly 2,000 smallholder farmers, over 50% of them being women. The coffee Equator purchases is exclusively from the women members of the co-op; they refer to this special selection as Queen Ketiara. An additional premium is paid for the “Queen” designation, with proceeds going to programs that benefit women.