A Journey Through the Coffee Lands of Indonesia

Posted by Lauren Baum  |  Jan 14, 2016 5:49:49 PM

When we made our first loan to Indonesian coffee cooperative Ketiara in 2014, it was the first loan we had made in Asia in nearly 10 years. Now, a little over a year later, we have five clients in the region – four of which are high-impact coffee cooperatives situated in the highlands of western Sumatra, in the region around Takengon.

New Zealand-based photographer Blake Dunlop was recently in Indonesia helping us collect photos of the beautiful backdrops of Takengon, the smiling faces of coffee farmers in the region, and a few of the coffee businesses we’re proud to work with. The images he captured were so stunning that we had to share them on our blog. 

Check out the photos below, all courtesy of Blake:


Low lying clouds over coffee farms in the village of Simpang Tiga

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Topics: Indonesia

Sourcing from Sumatra: A Conversation with Al Liu of Atlas Coffee

Posted by Lauren Baum  |  Apr 29, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Al Liu, former board director of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), is a true coffee connoisseur. As a trader and certified coffee specialist for Atlas Coffee Importers, Al has traveled extensively throughout the world's coffee lands, including those in Indonesia – the latest country added to Root Capital’s growing roster of coffee-growing locales.

We recently sat down with Al to get a coffee insider’s perspective on the Indonesian coffee market, the country’s smallholder landscape and the significance of Root Capital’s new presence in Sumatra

Al Liu

Al Liu (in green) with collectors at Koperasi Permata Gayo in Bener Meriah, Sumatra

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Topics: Indonesia

Root Capital Returns to Indonesia

Posted by Root Capital  |  Dec 15, 2014 11:07:00 AM


Since Root Capital’s founding 15 years ago, we’ve been on a quest to grow prosperity in rural communities around the world. To date, we’ve focused our efforts primarily in Africa and Latin America, but we’ve also been eyeing opportunities to expand our impact to other corners of the world.

In 2005, we began lending in Indonesia, a country brimming with biodiversity, agriculture and a need for sustainable investment and economic development. In 2009, we paused our lending there, deciding instead to use our limited resources to scale and consolidate in Africa. That turned out to be a good strategy for us; our Africa portfolio is now thriving, and 2014 was our best year there yet. 

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Topics: Indonesia