medium roast | sweet & complex
(Written by our friends at Royal Coffee)
Timor-Leste, or East Timor, takes up the eastern half of the greater Timor island, part of the Indonesian archipelago and not far from the northern coast of Australia. Timor-Leste’s coffee is small in overall scale but highly significant to the Timorese, 25 percent of whom rely on coffee production for their livelihood.
The Ermera municipality is one of the island’s highest in elevation and includes its highest peak, Tatamailau. The villages in the mountain’s vicinity are where Café Brisa Serena (CBS), a social enterprise and exporter, has spent the last 10 years developing smallholder coffee value chains. This coffee is produced by 15 select farmers from the Ducurai village, part of the “Eratoi” group, whose name translates to “water spring”, after the source of a nearby waterfall. In addition to coffee, Ducurai farmers also manage personal crops of taro and cassava, as well as pigs, goats, fowl, and cows, and many also have personal compost programs in addition to being organic certified.
WE TASTE: butterscotch, marmalade, banana bread
OUR FAVORITE BREWING METHODOLOGY: V60 pour over
- Country: Timor Leste (aka East Timor)
VARIETIES: Timor Hybrid, Typica
GROWING ELEVATION: 1,300-1,500 MASL (meters above sea level)
HARVEST PERIOD: June - September 2021
MILLING PROCESS: fully washed and dried on raised beds
SUPPLY CHAIN PARTNERS:
Farmers - 15 coffee producers from Ducurai Village called the "Eratoi" Group
Dry Mill - Cafe Brisas Serena
Exporter - Cafe Brisas Serena
Importer - Royal Coffee
meet the farmers:
At Succulent Coffee Roasters, we value our partners and seek out any opportunity to highlight their stories. “Ermera Eratoi” is part of our Transparent Trade Collection and as such, the featured photos give you a behind-the-scenes look at the people behind the delicious coffee.
Eratoi group coffee producer Laurentino C. Soares and a representative of Japanese NGO Peace Winds Japan, which began working with Timorese coffee farmers after the country's independance in 1999
Eratoi group coffee grower Rosa Soares tasting the coffee produced by her group
Coffee cherries are hand picked by each producer, then processed at their homes using hand made de-pulping machines, then fermented in small containers. The green coffee is then sun dried on raised beds and sorted for quality.