East Timor's Coffee History

East Timor's Coffee History

Posted by Mark Bentham, The Coffee Man on 5th Apr 2023

Coffee has been an important part of East Timor's history and economy for over a century. The country's coffee industry dates back to the early 20th century when Portuguese colonizers introduced coffee cultivation to the region.

During the Portuguese colonial era, coffee became a significant cash crop and was exported to Europe. However, coffee production declined after the country gained independence in 1975 and following the Indonesian occupation that began that same year.

The coffee industry in East Timor experienced a resurgence in the 1990s, thanks to the efforts of international aid organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that provided assistance to local farmers. The introduction of new varieties of coffee, including Arabica, also helped to boost production and quality.

In 2001, East Timor gained full independence from Indonesia, and the country's coffee industry continued to grow. The establishment of the Timor-Leste Coffee Association (ACTL) in 2003 helped to promote the country's coffee and increase its visibility on the global market.

Today, coffee is one of East Timor's primary exports and provides income and employment for thousands of people in rural areas. However, the industry still faces challenges, including limited infrastructure and the need for further investment in processing and marketing. Nonetheless, coffee remains an important part of East Timor's history and economy, and the country continues to produce high-quality coffee that is appreciated by coffee lovers around the world.

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Tasting Notes: Subtle floral apricot notes in the front palate. Almonds,malt and cream carry through to a dark cocoa and nut finish.
Cupping Score: 81+
Region: Maubisse, AIFU
Process: Fully Washed