Full body with an expansive taste
The island of Timor has a long, proud history and a rich culture built over centuries. Many different ethnic influences have contributed to the island’s development.
Coffee was first introduced by the Portuguese, who cultivated it to be one of the most sought after coffees of the time. During Indonesian occupation, Timorese coffee production declined sharply with many of the farms being abandoned. After independence, coffee became and still remains Timor Lestes most significant agricultural export product accounting for around 80% of all exports. However when put into perspective, an exported quantity of 2,500 tonnes of green beans is a tiny amount compared to the 65,000 tonnes of imported green beans into Australia.
Timor coffee has a medium to full body with an expansive taste and an acidity that is vibrant yet low-toned. Occasional inconsistencies in harvesting and processing may produce a coffee defects resulting in musty and/or hard qualities.
Timor Coffee Plant Varietals – Hybrido de Timor
An interspecific hybrid of Robusta (Coffea canephora var. robusta) and Coffea arabica, the Hybrido de Timor coffee plant varietal was first discovered in the 1940s on the island of Timor in Indonesia.
Timor coffee plants began to be cultivated due to their strong resistance to coffee leaf rust, a disease that afflicts most coffee plant species.
The Catimor Coffee Plant Varietal
The Hybrido de Timor coffee plant varietal has also been crossed with the Caturra varietal (Coffea arabic var. caturra) to produce the Catimor varietal (Coffea arabica var. catimor), which is also resistant to coffee leaf rust.
Where to find?
Check out the Letefoho Specialty Coffee Roaster page for more info on where to find some delicious Timorese Coffee.