The washing station and farm belongs to Hendra and his family. It is an oasis of experimental specialty coffee processing in a sea of conventional wet hulled coffee that the area is typically known for. Hendra’s father, Hamdan, moved to the area in 2006 from Banda Aceh and bought some land in the sub district of Pegasing to start growing coffee. This move inspired Hendra who started to work with his father in 2010. He soon started to experiment with washed coffees after reading through old literature and seeking help from other producers in Indonesia who were also moving away from wet hulled processing.
Hendra and his family have invested heavily in the farm, particularly in the post harvesting facilities where, with the help of some funding, they have built a small wet mill with two pulpers, gravitational washing channels and several raised beds in large poly tunnels for drying the coffee. Hendra has continued to experiment and now has around 8 – 10 different processes that he uses. The small washing station produces up to 40 tons of green coffee every year. The coffee is purchased from 70 farmers in the region who want to work with Hendra. He has incentivised them to pick ripe cherry by rewarding good picking. If any farmers have travelled further to get to Hendra’s farm, then they are paid extra for the additional distance they have travelled. Hendra has also started a nursery where he is helping to regrow the Abyssinia varietal that was planted when coffee first came to Indonesia. He is working with local farmers to plant small plots on their land where he pays more for this varietal due to the reduced yield and higher cup quality.
Hendra will decide on the process he uses depending on the weather and the demand from his significant client base of specialty roasters across Indonesia. We have two lots from Hendra this year, a honey lot and a washed lot.