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Hatuhei

 

Origin: Hatuhei, Letefoho, East Timor

Producer Group: Hatuhei Cooperative (23 farmers)

Lead Farmer: Carlos de Deus

Altitude: 1500-1600 masl  

Varietal: Typica, Timor Hybrid  

Process: Fully Washed, African bed drying

Purchase Price: $3.00/kg parchment

Bag Size: 30kg

Separated and Graded: Screen sizes 17-15

What we taste: Red apple, Floral, Milk chocolate

This is our third year of working together with the Hatuhei group. Located in the extremely remote eastern highlands of Letefoho, the trip to visit Hatuhei is always an adventure when traversing the long and winding tracks along the mountain ranges. At an altitude of 1500-1600 masl, the coffee thrives with constant sunny days and mild cool nights.

 

Due to their remote location, opportunities are limited to earn an income, particularly when the wet season arrives and access in and out of the village isn’t possible due to dangerous road conditions. Carlos de Deus (lead farmer of the Hatuhei group) is particularly motivated to seek out further opportunities by which to optimise his community’s earning potential through their coffee. Under Carlos’s leadership, all members of this group have worked closely with one anotherduring these last 3 years to learn from each other and with a strong sense of togetherness, take the time to process their coffee to the highest quality. With maintained support with materials and ongoing collaboration with Simao (lead farmer of the Eratoi group) with regards to sharing ideas on processing, coffee from Hatuhei continues to improve year on year.

 

Going forward, Carlos and Hatuhei’s members are keen to take what they have learnt during these last 3 years and share their knowledge with other smallholder farmers in even more remote locations so that they too can gain access to the speciality coffee sector and improve their annual income.

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