Timor Coffee - Single-Origin
Timor coffee beans produced on the island’s eastern mountains are only a small quantity of coffee that has grown wild and processed completely by hand; its lack of infrastructure was exacerbated by decades of conflict. In 1999, a referendum for independence was filed and full independence was achieved by 2002. Since then, the coffee sector has been quickly rebuilt with international assistance, and coffee now accounts for some 80% of East Timor's total exports and is the country’s only cash crop.
Much of the country’s coffee is passively organic, as fertilizers and pesticides have never been introduced, and 100% of the coffee is shade grown. This makes Timor's gourmet coffee unique because virtually all of the farmers grow organic coffee. However, since the coffee is grown on small farms, the farmers have banded together into 16 cooperatives and 494 small-scale farmer groups to improve their production capacity. This way, they can work together to operate the mills necessary to wet-process the small, greenish-yellow coffee beans they produce.
This coffee has these nice dark chocolatey flavors and notes of wild cardamom. It is balanced and approachable, a very drinkable cup that shows up nicely in a variety of brewing methods both hot and iced.
Harvest: May - October
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