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Sumatra: Aceh, Takengon, Lake Tawar

Part two of the extended trip to Sumatra was to return to Medan, then take the grueling 12 hour drive north and west, into the Aceh district, and Takengon city on the shores of Lake Tawar. Wendy and I were joined by Aleco from Stumptown, Geoff from Intelligentsia, Robert from Kaffa Oslo, and the Specialty Coffee Association of Indonesia folks, Edi and Syafrdin. We met exporters, swam in the lake, rode motorcycles, and enjoyed the food (sort of). Aceh is an Ismalic area, so it was strictly BYOB! It's a very beautiful district, and the coffee has great potential too. We visited a host of exporters and cooperative coffee farmer groups. Including the source for our Classic Mandheling coffee. A few of the pictures here are out of order - and a lot have absloutely nothing to do with coffee, as usual!

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Medan in the Morning. Medan is the port for all the coffee.
Medan in the Morning. Medan is the port for all the coffee.
Slowly Man, meaning that is how his car drives ... Medan, Sumatra.
Slowly Man, meaning that is how his car drives ... Medan, Sumatra.
Sixsence? Nonsense! Medan, Sumatra
Sixsence? Nonsense! Medan, Sumatra
Palm trees for palm oil harvesting - a big environmental problem in Sumatra and elsewhere
Palm trees for palm oil harvesting - a big environmental problem in Sumatra and elsewhere
Another "Padang" style lunch, groan ...
Another "Padang" style lunch, groan ...
A 125cc bike carrying 4 people (or more!)
A 125cc bike carrying 4 people (or more!)
Or a 1200cc truck carrying 20 (or more)
Or a 1200cc truck carrying 20 (or more)
Or a 98cc scooter carrying 500 Lbs of Bananas!
Or a 98cc scooter carrying 500 Lbs of Bananas!
Safety helmets with no straps
Safety helmets with no straps
Driving from Medan to Takengon, we enter the state of Aceh.
Driving from Medan to Takengon, we enter the state of Aceh.
"Beach" at Ujong Blang, Sumatra
"Beach" at Ujong Blang, Sumatra
Goats and beaches, they go together.
Goats and beaches, they go together.
I went for a swim in the Strait of Malaka
I went for a swim in the Strait of Malaka
Waterfall at Lake Tawar, Aceh, Sumatra
Waterfall at Lake Tawar, Aceh, Sumatra
Edi went for a swim too, Oh boy ...
Edi went for a swim too, Oh boy ...
This is a popular haircut in Indo. Why?
This is a popular haircut in Indo. Why?
MMM ... looks like good Kotek. Ujong Blang, Sumatra
MMM ... looks like good Kotek. Ujong Blang, Sumatra
At a stop on this 12 hour drive, we met the Playboy King of Road.
At a stop on this 12 hour drive, we met the Playboy King of Road.
Fun ride?
Fun ride?
USA? Love? City Boy? Bunny? Playboy?
USA? Love? City Boy? Bunny? Playboy?
Whoa, Bronco.
Whoa, Bronco.
Don't even try, you non-tasteful person.
Don't even try, you non-tasteful person.
Takengon in the Morning, looking toward Lake Tawar
Takengon in the Morning, looking toward Lake Tawar
Killer eyeglass shop in Takengon, Aceh, Sumatra
Killer eyeglass shop in Takengon, Aceh, Sumatra
Drugstores of  Takengon, Aceh, Sumatra
Drugstores of Takengon, Aceh, Sumatra
Neat Vespas of  Takengon
Neat Vespas of Takengon
Graphitti in English?  Takengon, Aceh, Sumatra
Graphitti in English? Takengon, Aceh, Sumatra
Sturdy bikes, although motorcycles seem preferred.
Sturdy bikes, although motorcycles seem preferred.
Alex's Motorcycle Repair, Takengon.
Alex's Motorcycle Repair, Takengon.
Well, at least their are fresh ...  Takengon, Aceh, Sumatra
Well, at least their are fresh ... Takengon, Aceh, Sumatra

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