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Timor-Leste Letefoho Lutlala Honey

Origin Timor Leste aka East Timor /

Altitude 1 400 – 1 900 mals /

Crop Year 2019 /

Varietal Hibrido de Timor & typica /

Product Code 6820

About Timor-Leste Letefoho Lutlala Honey

Lutlala is a newly established cherry processing station in the village community of Haupu, Letefoho subdistrict. The site land owner and community leader for this project is Sr. Domingos Sarmento, a freedom fighter during the Indonesian occupation who went on to become Minister of Justice for the Timorese government. Now retired from government, Sr. Domingos’ intention is to support the development of the coffee sector for Timorese, specifically in his home district of Ermera.
  In 2018 the groundwork and water access for the site commenced. In early 2019 a partnership was established with local agribusiness FarmPro to manage operations. FarmPro has been working in Ermera district since 2013 with small-holder farmers — distributing seed, fertilizer, building capacity, and marketing their produce. With coffee by far the most important cash crop in Timor Leste, our collective focus is on increasing production and quality in order to improve farmer livelihoods.   549 farmers from 23 villages contributed cherry to the Lutlala station during this inaugural year of production. All cherry is first sorted for density by flotation and for ripeness by hand. After pulping, the coffee is dry-fermented for 36 hours and then washed with spring water, followed by an overnight soak. Parchment is sun-dried on raised beds for an average of 7 days, during which time it is rotated and carefully monitored.

Lutlala is situated on a north facing slope which enjoys a regular breeze, making it a strategic location for drying. After moisture reaches 10-11% parchment is conditioned for one month prior to dry-milling and hand-sorting at Railaco.

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.