East Timor - Ermera Natural
A delicious and exceedingly rare coffee from a unique origin
Cherry, Toffee, Chocolate
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Coffee Tasting Notes
This coffee has a strong nose of a fruity red wine. The flavor of the cup features strong notes of cherry and chocolate, which gives the impression of chocolate dipped fruit. Notes of sweet red plumb and berries are also present. There is an abundance of caramel and nougat sweetness that, along with the chocolate notes, balance out the bright fruit notes to produce an extremely well balanced and flavorful cup.
About The Coffee Producer
East Timor produces just over 0.1% of global coffee production. This low production figure along with a wet climate that lends itself well to wet-hulled and washed processes makes natural processed East Timor coffee exceedingly rare. The extreme wetness of East Timor makes it such that once picked, coffee cherries rapidly deteriorate, which usually results in farmers partially processing the cherries locally with a wet-hulled methodology or via a wet process at a local mill.
Coffee is currently a staple of the economy of East Timor, especially of rural regions. Around one-third of families in East Timor produce coffee, but only a small portion use coffee as their only income source.
Political instability has plagued East Timor since Dutch and Portuguese colonizers began fighting for colonial rule over the area in the 1600’s. East Timor only gained meaningful autonomy from the last colonizer Indonesia in 2002. Many coffee plantations were abandoned during and after the fight for independence was won. The quality of the coffee suffered as former plantation workers continued to harvest the coffee, but had no incentive to prevent pest outbreaks or invest in quality, as the access to the coffee plants hinged on the government turning a blind eye to their use of land that defaulted back into the ownership of the government.
The last several years have been marked by investments in the infrastructure and training required to produce high quality coffee. Producing natural processed coffee in this environment requires a level of training and infrastructure that until very recently was not present. So, this coffee lot is also the fruit of investments in the people and infrastructure that compose the coffee industry in East Timor.
How To Brew This Specialty Coffee
Produces great cups with coffee:water ratios of about 1:15 and lower temperature brew water about 190-200°F.
Varieties: East Timor Hybrid Varieties/Legacy Varieties
Processing Method: Natural
Producer: Smallholder farmers centered around Ermera province