Acidity: Bright & Refreshing
Producer: Smallholder Farmers
Growing Elevation: 1400-1600 Meters
Region: Toraja, Sulawesi
Toarco owns Pedamaran Plantation and also purchases wet parchment (at 40% moisture) coffees from from small producers at collection points in Perangian, Pango Pango, Minanga, and Perindingan. Once collected, the coffee is trucked to Pedamaran Plantation immediately after purchase, where it is dried using mechanical Yamamoto vertical dryers as well as Pinalhalense guardiolas, horizontal dryers like those found throughout Colombia. The mechanical dryers assist in maintaining uniform drying, which typically takes 72 hours.
If a producer wants to sell their parchment coffee to Toarco, they need to get certified in certain quality standards like selective picking, storage, transportation,moisture levels, etc. Farmers are issued ID cards that allow them to sell their coffee at various purchasing points in the Tana Toraja region during the market week. PT Toarco is focused on providing education and support to its producer partners. Currently the company offers once-yearly classes for producers to receive their ID cards, but they hope to expand their education opportunities to twice yearly and include things such as cherry selection, planting/picking techniques, and fermentation. They also hold a party at the end of the harvest cycle each year to celebrate where they give out coffee production tools (such as depulpers) to farmers. About 150 to 200 producers attend the party every year.