EAST JAVA ARGOPURO HYDRO HONEY
Tastes Like: Raw Sugar Sweetness, Gentle Apple Acidity, Creamy Body
The Tlogosari Village, where the coffee beans are grown, has a social non-profit cooperative set up by the villagers for the community’s well-being. The cooperative is called “Walida Cooperative,” led by Ahmad Muhlisin in collaboration with Belift Green Beans. 20% of the profit from the coffee sales goes directly to the social non-profit cooperative, which runs a local K-12 school that educates the villagers. A small percentage goes to the government in exchange for letting the villagers grow coffee there. After finishing his studies at the university, Ahmad became more concerned about the education level in his region, so he made efforts to educate the local villagers for free because many of the villagers were not prioritizing education. Many of them opted to quit school after elementary school to settle and work as farmers; others were getting married very early, at ages 14-16, not aware of more opportunities. So he decided to come up with a solution to bring more value-add to his village. Ahmad’s coffee is grown at around 1,200 - 1,600 m.a.s.l in the footsteps of Mount Argopuro, in Situbondo Regency, East Java Province of Java Island. He focuses on natural-processed coffee because water supply is scarce in his area, and the government has not been active in helping build irrigation/water supply systems there.