Ari Sontani, a Pasirwangi native, has worked hard to develop a high-quality specialty coffee from his village. After struggling for so long, he is now a respected coffee wholesaler and regularly supplies about 500 tons of coffee to Medan and Surabaya. With this achievement, Aris would like to see Pasirwangi coffee growers achieve the same success as his.
A survey conducted by Garut University clearly outlines how the cultivation of coffee in Garut regency has the potential to improve the farmers’ welfare. This reinforces Aris’ motivation to help farmers gain a better standard of living. Star Energy Geothermal Darajat II, Limited (SEGD II) welcomes the Aris initiative by developing an integrated coffee cultivation program for this area which is also known for its geothermal resources. In collaboration with Yayasan Sahabat Cipta (YSC) as its implementing partner, the program provides assistance to farmers on high quality and economical coffee cultivation.