Koerintji Barokah Bersama Cooperative
The 390 members of the Koerintji Barokah Bersama Cooperative live and farm on a highland that sits at southern slope of Mount Kerinci.
Mount Kerinci is one of the many volcanoes in the Pacific Ring of Fire, a 40,00 kilometer horseshoe shaped series of 452 volcanoes that are part of an almost constant dance of eruptions and plate movements. Mount Kerinci’s historic eruptions have assured that the surrounding area is lush and verdant with a deep supply of fertile volcanic soil.
Triyono, the manager of the cooperative, leads and oversee the activities on and around nine UPH (Unit Pengolahan Hasil) stations owned by the cooperative.
UPH is a collection center where coffee cherries are bought and processed before moving it to the central mill. Essentially, a UPH functions as a small washing station. Each UPH is located in a different area and receives cherries from different farmer groups.
Almost all farms in Kerinci are small. On average, farms are between 0.5 to 2.5 Ha. Coffee is usually the primary cash crop for farmers, but most also intercrop their trees alongside potatoes and fruits.