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Coffees from Timor Leste are a pretty rare find, particularly in South Africa, so it's quite something that we have the opportunity to taste one at the moment. This particular coffee comes from a rather inspiring project that you can read more about in the coffee details section below.
Our friends at Quaffee are quite selective, while also being quite intrepid with their coffee sourcing, so we always look forward to trying their new releases, particularly the ones of less common origins. We're certainly excited to try this one.
Phaedon's tasting notes
This is quite a quirky coffee. I don't taste a lot of coffee from East Timor, so there's not much to benchmark it against, but it definitely has stood out as quite different from the other coffees I'm tryingat the moment. It's very sweet, in a syrupy sort of way and it's also very low in acidity. That combination almost makes it taste like a fruit juice made from cordial. I found that I enjoyed it most in my siphon, where I managed to coax out just that little bit more acidity to balance the cup, in what tasted like a tropical citrus fruit juice blend.
- Taste Profile: An intensely sweet and balanced coffee with citric, strawberry, red apple and floral notes, a syrupy milk chocolate body and an enjoyable sugar cane sweetness.
- Roast used: What we call a bump, kick and flatten. Intense flame, followed by little flame into yellowing, then intense flame just before yellowing, and just before first crack no flame, to prolong the mallard reaction allowing for sweetness to develop.
- Quaffee brews:
- Espresso: 1:1.9
- AeroPress: 17.5:200g
- Pour-over/filter: 21g:300g
- Brand: Raw Material Coffee
- Farm: Parami farmers
- Region: Ermera
- Country: Timor Leste
- Altitude: 1,700 – 1,800 masl
- Processing: Honey - dry mill pulped, dried on raised beds, where the honey is sun-dried
- Species/variety: Arabica Hibrido de Timor, Moka, Typica
Harvest: July – November (2021)
- Packaging: GrainPro
Timor-Leste currently faces enormous economic upheaval, as its oil reserves begin to run dry. In its place, coffee is set to become that nation’s most vital export.
Ermera is home to the largest coffee production volumes, whilst almost 60% of the municipality’s population lives below the poverty line. Coffee is Timor-Leste’s most important crop, and with the end of oil income, improving the coffee sector is of critical importance.
Sevenoaks work with a Raw Material Limited that has met with groups of producers in villages across Atsabe. They have spent time understanding how the coffee market has served them in recent history.
Together they have developed a plan for a prosperous future through:
- Sustainably raising and maintaining the quality of Atsabe’s coffee predictably above 80 points.
- Connecting with those roasters who want to commit long-term.
- Systematically solving the diverse challenges laying along the path to selling in the specialty market; financial, legal, cultural, infrastructural, technical etc.
Quaffee's transparency information
- Sourced from: Sevenoaks Trading
- FOB price: est US$4.1/pound
- Cupping score: 84.5
- Producer/Organisation: Parami farmers via Raimutin and Raw Material Limited
- Lot size: 2 x 60kg bags
- Relationship: Our first coffee from Timor Leste