Region Silimakuta Community Cooperative
Varietal Jember, Typica, Sigararutang
Altitude 4600-5000 FT
Silimakuta is a small community in the Lake Toba region whose coffees have traditionally been sold as Mandehling. The KUD Cooperative - a once powerful organization (est. 1976) spanning thousands of members and a wide variety of crops - is only now rebuilding after a decade of mismanagement that led to its collapse in 2006. Their first crop back in action is coffee, and they are slowly building back membership, with the first 226 members just signed up (as of June 2014). The cooperative operates 10 member-owned buying centers (usually just at a farmer member's home) which buy parchment at 40% moisture and handpick before delivering to a central drying and milling center in Saribou Dolok. Silimakuta is one of KUD's four micro-regions, and is currently its largest volume and highest quality producer. The strong performance of Silimakuta farmers and collectors currently acts as a model for neighboring micro-regions (Purba, Pamatang Silimahuta and Dolog Silou). We anticipate future growth from Silimakuta's and their neighbors in the coming years.