This is a Washed process coffee from the Rotutu washing station in the Letefoho region of East Timor. The lead farmer of the cooperative is Francisco de Deus. The varietals of coffee they farm are Typica and Timor Hybrid.
Timorese coffee is truly wild and organically grown, a fact that Francisco is incredibly proud of. "We work hard to produce the best quality coffee, and although the methods we use are time-consuming, they’re worthwhile. We believe that Mother Nature has provided us with the best conditions to grow coffee and we now have better processing facilities which have brought our coffee to a quality that can compete"
We're sure you'll enjoy this flavourful coffee from Timor.
Farmers / Producer - Francisco de Deus with Rotutu Cooperative (24 farmers)
Agro method - Shade-grown, *organic
Region: Rotutu Letefoho
Altitude - 1420m above sea level
Variety - Typica, Timor Hybrid
Process Type - Washed, African bed drying
*This coffee is grown organically but due to not yet being certified we can't mention this on the label.
Brewing & Flavour Notes
This will depend slightly on the method of brewing, so please refer to our flavour map image for our general flavour description.
As a pour-over (using a V60 or home filter machine) you’ll taste a complex array of tropical fruits like passionfruit and watermelon. There are also specific tastes of red apple, cacao, and toffee cream. A very sweet acidity in this coffee is recognisable, but the rich honey, resin-like sweetness is the most prominent flavour. This coffee shows off some very pleasant floral notes which are typical of the Timor varieties, however are most noticeable only as the coffee cools.
As an espresso, we recommend an 18g dry weight to a 35-37g wet weight. The high sweetness and body with the rich honey flavour make a very yummy espresso that blends well with cows milk, but also with oat milk. You really need to get the extraction very precise to bring out all the floral notes, but using the range above within 27 seconds should show this very well.
Situated in South East Asia with Australia to the South, Timor-Leste holds the unenviable accolade of being one of the few countries in the world to have been both colonised and annexed; colonised by Portugal from 1600s to 1975 and annexed by Indonesia from 1975 to 1999. Having finally gained independence in 2002, Timor-Leste is the world’s second youngest nation-state and still finding its feet in the geopolitical world of the 21st century. Coffee was introduced to the island by the Portuguese and went on to become the country’s leading export by the 1900s, however, the industry suffered greatly during the years of Indonesian annexation when the sector was largely ignored.
It was in 1995, towards the end of Indonesian rule in Timor-Leste, that Francisco de Deus inherited his farm from his grandparents. Nestled high in the mountains of the central highlands of the country in the district of Ermera, conditions are ideal for coffee harvesting with warm, blue skies during the day and cool evenings at night allowing for consistent growing and processing conditions. Francisco recalls, ‘I always knew that I would one day return to work in Letefoho to work on the family farm and it was not long after I took over harvesting responsibilities from my grandfather that more coffee exporters came to Timor-Leste. This motivated many farmers to once again look to coffee as a potential sustainable source of income.
Bloss has partnered with Karst Organics to bring this coffee to you here in the UK. We're mega impressed with the dedication of Karst and have really enjoyed working with them since 2020.
Karst Organics were introduced to Francisco de Deus (a third-generation coffee farmer and head of the Rotutu cooperative) through a mutual friend in 2017. It didn’t take them long to fall in love with the farming community of the region of Letefoho and even less time to fall in love with the delicious coffee that Francisco and his family were producing.
After recognising the potential of Rotutu, Karst Organics entered into a partnership with the Rotutu farmer community in 2018 and funded the construction of a centralised processing and storage facility ensuring consistency and the high quality expected of the speciality sector. This also allowed Karst Organics to employ a small team of local staff which has steadily grown year on year; in a country where unemployment continues to be a national concern, Karst Organics firmly believes that providing employment within the emerging coffee sector in East Timor is crucial to this fledgling country’s economy.