This coffee is sourced from family owned farms organized around the Cooperative Café Timor (CCT), which has more than 20,000 members who live in the Lequisa, Ermera, and Ainaro districts of Timor-Leste (East Timor). Portuguese colonists originally established coffee plantations, but today the aver- age small producer cultivates coffee on less than one hectare of land. CCT was established in 1994 with the help of the USAID and the NCBA (National Cooperative Business Association) to help small producers market their coffee internationally. Through a free healthcare initiative, CCT has funded the operation of seven rural clinics, three mobile clinic teams, and 11 community healthcare teams that have treated more than two million patients since 2001.
When this coffee came across the cupping table, we knew that we wanted to feature it as a single origin offering. As usual, we tried brewing it several different ways to see how it would perform in the cup. While the Organic Timor-Leste is a great coffee when brewed as a pour over, we were amazed by how it shined as a single origin espresso, and that is how we are featuring it.
In the Cup: Rich and deeply sweet with wonderful notes of cherry, chocolate, caramel, grapefruit, and sandalwood.
Source: Cooperative Café Timor (CCT)
Region: Lequisa, Ermera, and Ainaro
Altitude: 800 – 1600m Varietal: Timor Hybrid, Bourbon
Harvest: June - October
Processing: Full Natural and Sun Dried
Certification: USDA Organic