During the harvest season, coffee is handpicked, with labor usually supplied by the immediate family. After picking, the coffee will be delivered to a UPH collection center.
Triyono oversees the activities on and around nine UPH stations owned by the cooperative. A UPH is a collection center where coffee cherries are bought by the coop and where the coffee is processed before moving it to the central mill. Essentially, a UPH functions as a small washing station.
Indonesia is known for its unique ‘Wet Hulled’ Process (Giling Basah). Tryiono and his team are expanding Indonesia’s coffee processing traditions.
With this Fully washed lot, the coffee is pulped and then left to ferment overnight in buckets. It is washed the next day and agitated to remove the mucilage. The coffee is first dried on patios for the first drying phase. Afterwards, it is transferred to raised beds. The beds are located in domes so as to protect the coffee from rain or harsh sunlight. When dry, the coffee is milled and sorted by hand.
As of 2019, contributing farmers receive 9,500 rupiahs per kg of cherry. The result is that members of the coop have a fixed buyer for their cherries, and the profit of the coop at the end of the year is either invested in infrastructure to upscale quality or is shared with the producers. Farmers also receive technical support and seedlings for shade trees for on and around the farm. To join the coop, a producer pays a one-time membership fee of around 400 dollars (5 million rupiahs). To streamline the operation, there is an agriculturalist providing technical assistance to make sure the standard operation procedures are applied while processing at the different stations. Each UPH is located in a different area and receives cherries from different farmer groups.