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Producer Partners from Sumatra visit April 28-30, 2012

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Cafe Campesino and the Americus office of Cooperative Coffees welcome Ujang Hasnan and Iwan Rahmat to Georgia. The son of a coffee farmer, Ujang grew up in the Aceh region of the Indonesian island of Sumatra near Lake Tawar. Ujang learned the international coffee trade by helping to dry process coffee after he had studied business in the Sumatran capitol of Medan. In 2008, Ujang began working with the APKO and ASKOGO cooperatives to process and export their coffees. Iwan Rahmat also comes from a family of coffee farmers. The general manager of APKO, Iwan grew up in Aceh near Lake Tawar and also studied in Medan. He and his family remain members of APKO, which has 800 members in the Aceh Tengah and Bener Meriah regencies. Iwan also represents Sumatran coffee farmers in the Network of Asian Producers (NAP), an association of producers that share best practices and develop proposals to get a better position in Fair Trade Labelling organization governance. Iwan and Ujang will be in Americus Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29 and in Atlanta on Monday, April 30. Look for more information about events and opportunities to meet Iwan and Ujang in the coming days.

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