Flavour Notes: Strawberry & raspberry with floral & spicy notes.
This surprisingly funky little coffee really stood out for us on the cupping table. It packs in lots of interest, while remaining clean and refined with no rough edges. A real joy to drink.
Our Eratoi II lotis produced by 15 small holders who live in Eratoi village in the south west of Asia’s newest independent country, East Timor. The farms are located at an altitude of 1600m to 1700m above sea level.
The village name of “Eratoi” comes from a local Mambae language meaning “rich in water” and as the name indicates, there is ample water available, which makes wet-milling less difficult than for other villages.
Eratoi village itself has 42 coffee growers and they are separated into 3 different groups; Eratoi 1, Eratoi 2 and Eratoi 3. This allows the growers to manage their meticulous quality assurance protocol. The numbers do not indicate superiority or inferiority of coffee quality.
Led by Senhor Laurentino Soares, Eratoi II members pay great degree of attention to harvest only fully ripe cherries and avoid contamination with defective ones. Only fully ripe cherries are hand-picked and the harvest finishes just after lunch to process all the cherries within the same day. All the harvests of the day go through a floater selection to eliminate insect damaged beans followed by a de-pulping (wet-processing) with a traditional pulping machine that each farmer possess. After the cherries are removed, parchments are sorted again with a floater selection and fermented for 36 hours. Parchments are then washed, sun-dried on drying tarpaulins and dry-milled after the curing period of at least 30 days.
The coffee is then transported to the capital and port town of Dili where the green coffee beans are sorted again with the colour sorter and by hand, before being packed for export.
This coffee is a blend of Arabica Typica and Hybrid de Timor coffee beans. Hybrid de Timor is an Arabica/Robusta crossed variety unique to East Timor.
Hybrid de Timor, Typica
1600 – 1700m
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