East Timor Hatuhei

Precio x Kg 8.09

Region: Hatuhei, Letehofo
Varietal: Typica, Timor Hybrid
Process: Washing
Altitude: 1500/1600 m
Scoring: 84.75
Tasting notes: Nutmeg, almonds, mustard, brown sugar.


Explore the World of Green Coffee from the remote Hatuhei region of East Timor. Grown by the Hatuhei Cooperative, this coffee is distinguished by its thorough washing and sun-drying process on African beds, which highlights its unique flavour profile. With distinctive notes of nutmeg, almond, mustard and brown sugar, each sip is a sensory experience that delights the senses. In addition, by supporting this coffee, you are contributing to the sustainable development of local farming communities. Take this opportunity to enjoy exceptional coffee and make a positive difference.

Located in Southeast Asia, with Australia to the south, East Timor holds the unenviable honour of being one of the few countries in the world to have been both colonised and annexed: colonised by Portugal from 1600 to 1975 and annexed by Indonesia from 1975 to 1999. Having gained independence in 2002, East Timor is the world's second youngest nation state, and is still finding its place in the geopolitical world of the 21st century. Coffee was introduced to the island by the Portuguese and became the main export product in the 1900s; however, the industry suffered greatly during the years of Indonesian annexation, when the sector was virtually ignored.

Today, East Timorese coffee farmers are striving to carve out a niche for themselves in the world specialty coffee market. Timorese coffee is truly wild, grown organically under the towering shade trees that dominate the landscape. Thanks to the ancient traditions of coffee processing, passed down from generation to generation, coffee is helping to create more opportunities for Timorese to earn a steady and sustainable income to support and provide for their families and the local community.

This is the third year of collaboration with the Hatuhei group. Situated in the remote Eastern Highlands of Letefoho, the journey to visit Hatuhei is always an adventure as you travel the long, winding roads that skirt the mountain ranges. At an altitude of 1500-1600m, coffee thrives with constant sunny days and cool, balmy nights.

Due to its remote location, income opportunities are limited, especially when the wet season arrives and access in and out of the village is not possible due to dangerous road conditions. Carlos de Deus (lead farmer of the Hatuhei group) is particularly motivated to seek new opportunities to optimise the income potential of his community through coffee. Under Carlos' leadership, all members of this group have worked closely together over the past 3 years to learn from each other and, with a strong sense of unity, spend time processing their coffee to the highest quality. Hatuhei's coffee continues to improve year after year, thanks to constant support with materials and constant collaboration with Simao (Eratoi group's lead farmer) to share processing ideas.

Looking ahead, Carlos and the members of Hatuhei are keen to build on what they have learned over the past three years and share their knowledge with other small farmers in even more remote locations so that they too can enter the speciality coffee sector and improve their annual income.

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