TIMOR-LESTE Parami Honey, Mariano 'Ameta' Dacosta Alves

TIMOR-LESTE Parami Honey, Mariano 'Ameta' Dacosta Alves

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This coffee is a head-turner.

We are excited to present you the second microlot produced by Ameta. This one is from Parami village and processed using a honey method. Pictured in the main photo is Ameta with his younger sister, Marta. 

Update 24 Sept. 2020:  We just cupped it again today and the flavour is incredible




Producer: Mariano 'Ameta' Dacosta Alves
Country: Timor-Leste (East Timor)
Region: Cherry from Parami suco (village) and the nearby neighbourhoods, Motalala and Koileki, is collected daily and processed at the Atsabe wet mill in Baboe Kraik situated at 1400MASL.
Process: Honey
Varietals: Hibrido de Timor, Moka, Arabica Typica
Altitude: 1700-1800MASL
Fermentation: 15-18 hours
Drying: 3 weeks on raised beds, before being moved to fully shade dried for 3 weeks in Railaco village, at much lower altitudes.
Tasting Notes
Peach, pineapple, orange zest, black tea and tobacco. Very clean and well-balanced.

Source: Raw Material


The Best of the Best Timor coffees

Since July, we've been quietly enjoying three wonderful micro-lot coffees that topped the Timor-Leste coffee quality competition last year. 

We've paid extra attention to these coffees during roasting, not just for its uniqueness but because we know personally the people behind it, and there are some truly remarkable souls out there. Plus it took a heck of a lot for them to bring it to Sydney! That personal connection makes us feel excited, reverential, and serious all in one.

Pursuing perfection in coffee is a long journey but we think we are on the right path with the Timor coffees. We're blown away by how complex yet smooth tasting they are.


You Need to Know About Timor-Leste

It is no surprise that Timor-Leste is making waves in specialty coffee given what's happened in a few short years. Timor-Leste is an island country that has become the gathering place for specialty coffee growers, q-graders, judges, roasters, baristas and exporters, as well as international agencies. A community working together to build an exceptional coffee sector as well attracting those curious to see and taste the original Hibrido de Timor varietal. Some of them include renowned international coffee specialists like Andrew Hetzel, Coffee Strategies who invited us to join Timor-Leste's second Coffee Quality Competition back in 2017.

Here are few background points about Timor-Leste
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Timor-Leste is a small, young nation.
In 2002 Timor-Leste became the first new independent state of the 21st century. This followed 25 years of conflict that claimed 200,000 lives and destroyed all infrastructure. Most lived in extreme poverty at this time. Today the population is 1.3 million and many improvements have been made.

Oil has been the nation’s biggest earner, but production is now winding down:
  • Timor-Leste is the country most reliant on oil for income. 
  • Current oil production will end within 3 years. 
  • The petroleum fund will likely run out in 11-15 years.
Coffee is the most important crop, and with the end of oil income, improving the coffee sector is of critical importance:
  • Coffee is the second-highest earner for the country after oil. 
  • 37% of households depend on coffee for income.
  • Productivity is extremely low. Profitability is both low and volatile as almost all coffee is sold in the commodity market for a discounted C price.


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