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Timor-Leste Letefoho Goulala Washed

Origin Timor Leste aka East Timor /

Altitude 1 400 – 1 600 mals /

Crop Year 2019 /

Varietal Hibrido de Timor & typica /

Product Code 6832

About Timor-Leste Letefoho Goulala Washed

Goulala farmer group is part of the larger Goulolo village community, located northeast of Letefoho town. The group is led by Manuel da Costa Silva who also is a lead field officer coordinating cherry delivery to the Lutlala processing station. Manuel is the elder statesman of coffee cultivation & processing knowledge in Letefoho and a leader in the community. His experience extends back decades and includes work in the island of Flores, Indonesia, where he learned pruning and fertilization techniques. His farm is a model farm for others in the area, and his experience is a great resource for other farmers.
  Our village lots are processed to dry parchment at the individual farmer level. Meaning each family harvests and processes their own cherry, utilizing traditional locally made gum-wood and hammered tin pulpers, fermenting in buckets or bags for 36 hours, and drying on tarpaulins. The Goulala group has 23 members and their households. Coffee is the primary source of income for the year, often supplemented by local sale of vegetables such as beans, corn, garlic, and greens.

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About Timor Leste aka East Timor

The Island of Timor has a fascinating and remarkably long coffee history. Coffee is believed to have been first cultivated on the Island way back in the 17th century. Back when the Island was colonized and subsequently divvied-up and split by the Portuguese and the Dutch, where the Dutch controlled the West and the Portuguese the East. Funnily enough, it’s still unknown as to which Colonial power first commercialized coffee production on the Island. Today the Island remains split between two sovereign states with Indonesia governing the West and Timor Leste (East Timor) the east.

Sadly, the beautiful Island has experienced several periods of political turmoil and the nation’s coffee industry has ebbed and flowed in close correlation to volatility in the region. During the 1974 Portuguese revolution and after years of neglect from the Portuguese government, East Timor was effectively abandoned as a Portuguese colony. Several months of internal political dispute prompted an opportunistic Indonesian invasion that lead to hugely controversial and violent occupation. After years of civil unrest, guerrilla warfare and mounting international pressure, Indonesia withdrew from the East and in 2001, East Timor became the first sovereign state of the 21st Century.

East Timor’s total production is currently at 160,000 bags or 550 containers per year. The local market is primarily dominated by a duopoly of exporters that account for around 90% of the total exports. Domestic production is dominated by commercial-grade Arabica, with a small amount of Robusta grown at low altitude areas.