Takengon is a remote town situated in the region of Aceh, deep in the Gayo Highlands of northern Sumatra. It is an area famed for coffee production: the highlands are the largest producing area of Arabica in Indonesia, with a vast area of 84,000 hectares planted in three districts - Aceh Tengah, Bener Meriah and Gayo Lues. It has beautiful scenery, and is known for the lush mountainous terrain that surround small fishing communities around the landmark of Lake Taut Tawar, at around 1100 metres above sea level.
In the rural areas that lie north-west of the lake is Lampahan, a small coffee producing town that sits between 1300 and 1400 masl. There are 372 smallholder producers in the area, each cultivating coffee on farms an average size of 1 hectare each. Varieties grown include Catimor, Caturra and Timor Hybrid (also known as "Tim Tim"). A shade canopy and companion planting of staple food crops is found throughout the area, along with diverse indigenous wildlife.
During harvest season, only ripe, red cherries are picked and processed within 8 hours of picking. It is then pulped and dry fermented for 24-48 hours, before being washed and moved to raised beds where it is dried for 3-5 days, or until moisture content reaches 40%. The coffee is hulled to remove the parchment, and then dried again down to 12% moisture. It is this attention to detail wth picking and processing that sets the Lake Takengon apart, in terms of its resulting profile when cupped alongside other Sumatrans.