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East Timore Aileu (Filter)


This coffee was cultivated by 542 smallholders in Aileu in Timor Leste. Their farms are typically small and are located at 1,550 to 1,600 meters above sea level. The landscape in Aileu is steep and mountainous with high altitudes that are perfect for coffee cultivation. Coffee is grown under casuarina shade trees. The average farm size is 0.5 hectares. Farmers selectively handpick ripe, red cherry and sell it to a mill in Gleno. At the mill, cherry is laid to sundry. Cherry is raked frequently to ensure even drying. It takes approximately 18 to 22 days for cherry to dry.

Timor-Leste has had a long and tumultuous history that has seen colonization, several occupations, independence and a long and difficult path to peace. Coffee has played a role in Timor-Leste’s economy since the beginning of the country’s modern history. While coffee production in Timor-Leste continues to expand and quality continues to improve, the climate presents difficulties. The arid weather and short rainy season make it difficult for coffee cherry to grow. On top of contrarian weather, the low nutrient-content in the soil and negligible access to fertilizers and pesticides makes it more difficult for coffee trees to thrive. The average farmer currently collects only about 500 grams of green coffee per tree (2-3 kg cherry).

Growers: Small Holders

Region: Fabubessi, Kirlelo
Process: Natural
Varietal: Timor
Altitude: 1500masl

Roasters Notes:  Delicous notes of raspberry, cocoa with a chewy caramel body.

About the region

East Timor, also known as Timor-Leste, is an emerging coffee region located in Southeast Asia, sharing the island of Timor with Indonesia. Coffee cultivation has been a significant aspect of its economy, with smallholder farmers predominantly growing Arabica coffee. The region's diverse landscape and favorable altitude create an ideal environment for producing high-quality beans with distinctive flavors. Despite facing challenges like limited infrastructure and market access, East Timor's coffee industry continues to grow, benefiting from government initiatives and international partnerships. Ethical and sustainable practices are gaining traction, promising a brighter future for this unique and flavorful coffee origin.