Where to start? In a way, I had to fight my prejudice when ordering these coffee samples. Historically, my expectations were not the highest. I don’t know about you but; every day I want coffees that excite me. Without sounding too dramatic, the Timor Leste natural processed coffees were (are) incredibly clean, ripe, and rather delicious. Consider my hat eaten.
As a point of interest, Timor-Leste naturals are currently more expensive than Burundi and up there with some of our top Ethiopians. This is a really good thing.
Altitude: 1400 – 1500 MASL
Variety: Hibrido de Timor, Moka, Typica
Screen Size: 15+
Roast: Light Filter, cooled dropped for development. probably our lightest roast colour in the roastery at the moment.
|Aromatics: Ripe, sweet and fruity| Body: Creamy on cooling| Acidity: Soft, shy, and jammy |
Sweet, deep, and soft, acidity, like a great natural process Rwandan coffee, with a spicy finish. This is startlingly good for its origin and so far above my expectations. Early on, this is unbelievably sweet. White and yellow fruit sugars or just a mouthful of the sweetest sugary (black) coffee that you can imagine. In the next stage, the coffee is still sugary like lychee and lingers like citrus. How a coffee with such low acidity can be this intense/ interesting is a mystery. In the final stage of cooling, this is like blackberry mousse, ripe blueberries, and cocoa.
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Espresso: (Advanced) 17g in 50g of espresso liquid in 30-35 seconds. Big tannins, juicy, jammy fruit acidity with a citrus linger.
In milk-based drinks, this just works in our standard recipe of 1:2 (1 part coffee into 2 parts of espresso out in grams) 16-18g into 32-36g out in 30+/- seconds,
9oz: malty, savoury, creamy with a touch of ripe carob on cooling.
In a 6oz drink with the same 1:2 espresso, this is soft, shy with jammy fruits. Cosy, warming, and tea-like.
About this lot:
Timor-Leste celebrates its 20 years of sovereignty this year (2022). Agriculture is very important to the national economy and coffee is a highly valued export. Coffee is the second-highest earner for the country after oil, with 37% of households dependent on coffee for income. Historically, coffee production is low-yielding and badly paid in Timor-Leste with prices formerly based on the commodity market. Raw Material Coffee has been instrumental in finding markets for higher quality coffee and solving the diverse challenges to selling in the specialty market; helping with financial, legal, cultural, infrastructural, and technical issues.
This coffee has come via Raw Material, a not-for-profit company that reinvests all of its profits back into its and our coffee producers.
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