Timor Leste Loiludo

Timor Leste Loiludo

Regular price $16.00
Coffee is widely believed to have been introduced into Timor Leste by Portuguese traders in the 18th century. Arid weather, a short, rainy season and soil with low nutrient content makes for a difficult environment in which to grow coffee. Despite these and other challenges, Timor Leste’s coffee industry has prevailed and accounts for a large part of the economy. Although crop yields are low, with the average farmer collecting about 500g of green coffee per tree, NGO funded programs are helping improve quality and productivity, and improvement to infrastructure by government makes transportation more efficient.
 
This particular coffee was produced by the Loiludo Farmers Group, based in the Lebululi neighbourhood of Dukurai village. The group consists of 17 members and one of their leaders, Simiao Pedro de Deus, placed in the Top 10 of the Best of Harvest Timor 2019 competition. Producers in Timor Leste typically harvest and process cherries on their own farms. Picking is conducted manually with the help of family members, and pulping carried out using locally made pulpers constructed from gum-wood and hammered tin. Fermentation takes place in buckets or bags for approximately 36 hours, washed in clean water and sun dried on tarps.
 
This lot proved quite versatile, displaying pomelo, caramel and Earl Grey like flavours when brewed as a pourover and revealing itself more as dark chocolate when brewed as an espresso.

Producer: Loiludo Farmers Group
Town: Letefoho; Dukurai
Region: Ermera
Varietal: Typica
Elevation: 1,400 – 1,800 masl
Process: fully washed
Cupping notes: Pomelo, Caramel, Earl Grey