KOPEPI KETIARA - Koperasi Kopepi Ketiara
Established in 2009, the KOPEPI Ketiara Cooperative handles all aspects of coffee production until it is ready for exportation. Members count with complete and central facilities for hulling, drying, grading, sorting, labeling and packaging. As so, the cooperative assures their coffee product is 100 percent pure, not mixed with coffee grains that are not their own. This guarantee is also reflected in their Fair Trade and Organic certifications, both obtained in 2012. With hopes of improving the standards of living for its members and community, the cooperative aims to sell more of their quality coffee into international markets.
We hope and encourage consumers to buy more Fair Trade certified products rather than products that are not certified. Our products are made from farmers and workers who put great efforts and dedication ”
KETIARA invested $71,088 of the premium in technical training for their producer members. This includes warehouse management led by local government, cooperative management in partnership with Lutheran World Relief, a cupping course, ICS trainings created by KETIARA’s board, and quality control and processing.
Operational and Administrative Efficiency
With $133,853 of the premium, KETIARA alongside Fair Trade USA invested in a new processing plant for each collection center, a sorting machine, weeding equipment, and a vehicle for transporting loads. KETIARA was also able to use the premium to purchase a roasting machine for cupping purposes. Before each batch is accepted by KETIARA’s warehouse, one sample size per lot is cupped by KETIARA’s Board who have received proper training. In the field, KETIARA provided producers with organic fertilizer approved by their organic certifier. In addition to composting, this helps to improve the quality of the cherries.
Coffee Nursery Maintenance
Ketiara also invested premium funds to maintain and improve their coffee nursery. In their area, coffee seedlings are grown in nursery beds and later they are planted in the coffee fields. Ketiara consider this process absolutely essential to a successful coffee plantation.