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The Lost Coffee
The Lost Coffee

The Lost Coffee

Indonesia has dispersed the sweet aroma of a world class Arabica coffee since the 17th century, after the Dutch opened their coffee plantations in Sulawesi. One of these plantations was Rante Karua, Bolokan, located in Tana Toraja area, which is about 450 km north of Makassar. Initially, it was owned by a Dutch gentleman by the name of H.J. Stock van Dykk.

However, during the revolutionary era, the fate of the plantation became unknown –as if ‘disappeared’– until it was taken over by the Indonesian government, and, eventually, managed by PT. Sulotco Jaya Abadi.

The plantation, located at 1500 – 1700 meters above sea level, is known as the best coffee producer in the world. A well-respected coffee entrepreneur from the USA, J. Martines, called it “quality coffee in the world”.

Planting the Goodness
Planting the Goodness

Planting the Goodness

In 1987, at the hillside of Rante Karua, on a vast land of 1,200 hectares, Sulotco Jaya Abadi opened a coffee plantation with a business plan that involved a close partnership with the surrounding inhabitants. By offering quality seeds from a US R&D institution, Sulotco Jaya Abadi offered job opportunities to the dwellers in the surrounding areas to become coffee farmers.

At present, there are approximately 1,000,000 coffee trees being grown and nursed by coffee farmers; Furthermore, 200 ha from the total area is turned into a natural conservation area.

Each time, after harvesting, Sulotco implements a revenue sharing system: 75% of the crops are allocated to the farmers, and 25 % to the company. Then, the part owned by farmers is purchased by the company, with a good price. This way, the farmers adopt an increasingly sense of belonging to the plantation. And, not to mention, an assurance for a better future.

Organic all the way
Organic all the way

Organic all the way

The company implements an alternating bed system in their cultivation of organic coffee, by using sheep manure to enrich the soil. For this purpose, Sulotco Jaya Abadi distributes 2,000 sheep to the farmers,for free. The farmers then collect the sheeps’ droppings and then sell it to the company to produce organic fertilizer.

Leaves from lamtoro trees are also provided to feed the sheep, and, to serve as shield for the coffee plants. And, if needed, the farmers can make their own organic pesticide from natural components, such as betel leaves, areca nuts, and yam. Totally free from chemicals.

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Quality Beans & Quality People
Quality Beans & Quality People

Quality Beans & Quality People

Mr. Samuel Karundeng

Mr. Samuel Karundeng

Director Sulotco

He is always absorbed in his readings, consuming all kinds of knowledge from science, philosophy, and other topics. He also has an undebatable work ethics: Honor the production quality of Arabica Toraja Sulotco coffee beans. With this spirit, he successfully built a solid attitude of maintaining self-integrity with his partnerworkers in providing a Sulotco quality product to the world.

Mrs. Yenny Tantri

Mrs. Yenny Tantri

Export Manager

This super-friendly, cheerful lady with a beautiful voice, when involved in her activities exporting coffee beans, is always busy following trends, such as the updates in the world of coffee, the art of serving coffee, booth decorations, news, sciences, health, cooking, and any other trending topics.

Mr. Immanuel

Mr. Immanuel

Production Manager

Like his name, which means “God is with us”, every single day he is never tired of spreading good humor to his team members when on duty, to ensure that the plantation’s production yields a quality, quantity and time within the company’s standard operationals.

Mr. Darlan

Mr. Darlan

Coffee Q-Grader

Possessing a mountain-high amount of experience in skills, knowledge and official certified capacity to grade every aspects of coffee, from time to time Mr. Darlan also does cupping carefully in order to evaluate the taste of coffee from the plantation.

All the procedures are executed “with heart”, according to the working principle of 400 Sulotco employees in order to spread the quality of Arabica Toraja coffee, especially those produced by Rante Karua Bolokan, Sulotco Jaya Abadi, to the world.