Where: Indonesia: Duhoho Village, Letefoho, East Timor
Tasting Notes: Raspberry, lemon with black pepper and dark chocolate.
Drink it: We think this would make for a perfect coffee to serve after dinner. We recommend brewing as a filter, or in a cafetiere. Good with or without milk. Suitable for use in all coffee makers.
Varieties: Hybrid De Timor and Typica
Owner: 14 member farmers co-operative
Both 250g and 1kg bag sizes can be selected below. 250g bags can be ground if you wish. 1kg bags are shipped as whole beans.
EAST TIMOR Duhoho Coffee Beans. From:
Duhoho coffee is produced by 18 smallholders who live in the village bearing the same name. The average altitude of each farm lies between 1400m and 1600m above sea level.
Members harvest the coffee cherries between July and September each year. Only fully ripe cherries are hand-picked. The harvest finishes just after lunch each day, so that the co-op may process all the cherries
The coffee cherries are put through a floatation tank to eliminate damaged fruit before being pulpled (wet-processed) with a traditional pulping machine, one on each farm. After the cherries are removed, the resulting beans are fermented for 36 hours, before being washed and sun-dried on large tarpaulins.
The dried coffee is transported to the port of Dili where it is packed, ready for export, usually September - November each year.
East Timor is small country with a population of only 13 million people. Coffee has been grown here since 1815 when the Portuguese first brought the crop to their former colony.
The country has a troubled past and only gained independence in 2002. However, in recent years East Timor has made huge strides in producing specialty coffee. Its remote and lesser known regions in particular are beginning to demonstrate the quality potential of coffees being produced.
This is particularly true in the Letefoho region, which is set in the dramatic and stunningly beautiful north west of the country, much of which is at altitudes of up to 1900 meters above seal level.
Our importers, Falcon Specialty are working with an exporter called Café Brisa Serena. They have been working in East Timor for a number of years and created the group as a social enterprise focussed on farmer training and education and are now working with 600 farmers across the region.