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Sigarar Utang

Our Crop |  Sigarar Utang ™Siamang Blend Washed

Cultivar: Typica , Catimor “Sigarar Utang”

Characteristics: Dwarf medium-tall trees; leaves vary in size but are red tipped and usually slender. The fruit is round and the beans are usually large.

Growing Regions: All over Sumatra | Grown Organically @LLO Farm

Cupping Profile: Full Washed Nira | Dry Hull
A rich honey, vanilla and brown sugar sweetness opens up in the aroma and flavors. Notes of red apple in the beautiful malolactic acidity. A silky body that carries notes of almond and vanilla in the finish.

™Siamang Blend Washed available as Filter or Espresso Roast.
For this coffee we blended 80/20 Sigarar Utang / Onan Ganjang for a fully washed nira fermentation micro lot.

™Siamang Blend Washed on the SHOP TAB now. In the USA contact @wade_merantau_coffee on instagram to order


This cultivar was introduced to growers in the 1980’s by the ICCRI as an alternative to Robusta. In an effort to educate and encourage growers to plant more Arabica, the government subsidised the price of the seeds and plantlets to landowners. Many people were skeptical, but the cultivar performed well and the first harvest of coffee came much quicker than other Arabica varietals. In addition, the harvests intervals increased from twice a year to nearly year round. Hence the name given the varietal “Sigarar Utang” which translates roughly to “paid debts”. In Simalungun, more than 80% of the growers have this varietal on their farms. They also call it “Ateng” which means dwarf, but the varietal has evolved since it’s introduction nearly 30 years ago and some trees, if left unpruned will reach 3 meters or more. We have also learned that Ateng is the local dialect shortened version of Aceh Tenga [or central Aceh\, which is the origin that ICCRI  first distributed this cultivar.

The cup quality became very popular in the global market. Because of this, local collectors began to misinform the growers of the value of the coffee. Some pretty wild stories were cooked up to keep the collectors costs down and their profits soared. A couple of their stories were the coffee is not used for drinking but for making paint or gunpowder!! When we first moved to Indonesia, some of the locals in our village of Saribu Dolok also told us these storie. Over the years, the knowledge of our adopted farmers and farmer groups has grown and they have come to fully understand that their coffee is considered “specialty” all over the world and is only used for drinking!

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