East Timor Organic Fair Trade

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Unlike most coffees from this region of the world, East Timor coffee is fully washed, resulting in more crisp front end and balanced flavors while still maintaining plenty of body. It's got a creamy mouthfeel...
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Unlike most coffees from this region of the world, East Timor coffee is fully washed, resulting in more crisp front end and balanced flavors while still maintaining plenty of body. It's got a creamy mouthfeel and notes of brown sugar, cherry and hints of spice.

Arrival Date: August 24th, 2020

Acidity & Brightness: Low acidity, a bit sweet

Balance & Finish: Balanced with a slightly woody finish

Body & Texture: Full bodied, smooth, creamy texture

Flavors: Brown sugar, cherry and hints of spice

Grade: Very hard and dense, grown at 1600 masl

Certifications: Organic, Fair Trade

Processing:  Fully Washed

Varietals: Bourbon and Timor Hybrid (Hibrido de Timor)

Roasting: Start with a Full City Plus (Medium Dark), or just into the second crack. If you can't hear the cracks, then roast until the beans are smooth and medium dark brown with just the first hint of sheen as the oil emerges. Like most Indonesian coffees, this bean handles heat well and you can take it as dark as Vienna with great results. 

Reminder:  This coffee is raw.  You have to roast it before brewing. 

Our Review: Timor has a very turbulent political history to say the least.  For centuries the Dutch controlled the western half of the island (granting their colony independence in 1950, when it became part of the new nation of Indonesia.  The Portuguese controlled the eastern half, and it wasn't until the East Timorese rebelled and declared their independence in 1975 that they relinquished control.  Nine days later Indonesia invaded and annexed the eastern half, setting off years of insurrection and bloodshed.  But East Timor isn't Indonesian.  They are largely Catholic while the Indonesians are largely Muslim.  There are language and cultural differences as well.  So East Timor continued to fight a civil war until finally gaining independence in May, 2002. However, like Papua New Guinea coffee, we still classify this coffee as "Indonesian" just because it is from the same region of the world and carries many similar characteristics.

Although the Dutch introduced coffee as a crop in the 1600's, all that occupation and turmoil did little to enhance it's quality or consistency. Also, all of these original coffee plants were wiped out by an epidemic of coffee leaf rust which led to the development of a hybrid exclusive to Timor: Hibrido de Timor. Since 2002, the East Timorese have steadily made progress in developing a purely organic, specialty grade coffee worthy of note. This coffee is from the Cooperativa Cafe Timor, which works with very small farmers in the Maubesse region of Timor. Most of these farmers own less than a hectacre of land and rely on the CCT to process and get their crop to market. In return, the Coop has helped the farmers integrate organic and sustainable practices. 

East Timor coffee is a pleasant, not overpowering, well balanced coffee. Thanks to it being one of the few coffees from this region of the world that is fully washed, it enjoys the body that Indonesian coffees are famous for, but has better acidity and a much cleaner taste profile than the wet-hulled Sumatran coffees. We like the woody tones and finish, particularly when roasted in the mid ranges. It's amazingly well balanced for an Indonesian coffee with sweet notes of brown sugar, cherry and spice combined with a creamy mouthfeel.  After a little cooling in the cup, a pleasant cinnamon spice emerges.  It makes an interesting single origin espresso, and a fantastic morning cup of coffee.


Returns Policy

If you are unsatisfied with your green coffee purchase, we will issue you a refund in the form of an in-store credit. Since coffee is a food item, we can't take it back once it leaves our control. We will work closely with you to insure you get the quality you expected at a price that is fair. This offer is good for 30 days from the date of shipment. We will faithfully adhere to this policy for every customer, unless that customer is repeatedly abusing it. We withold the right to deny refunds, in rare cases, where a customer is repeatedly ordering coffee and then asking for a refund.

Home Coffee Roasters

The Gene Cafe and Behmor 1600 Plus are covered by a 1 year warranty from the manufacturer. The Fresh Roast SR-300 and SR-500 come with a 1 year warranty on the base unit and a 6 month warranty on the chaff collector, top cap and basket. Since the roasters are UL certified, the manufacturers ask that we refer all warranty issues directly to them. Although we do not directly provide repair service, we'll help you through the process to get your roaster back up and running. Should you return an unused roaster to us, we will refund your purchase minus the original shipping cost. Once you've used your roaster, we really can't take it back.

Other Items

Any item not covered by a manufacturer's warranty is warranted by The Captain's Coffee to meet or exceed your expectations. If you are dissatisfied with your purchase for any reason, you may return the item to The Captain's Coffee for a replacement or refund in the form of an in-store credit. This offer is good for 30 days from the date of shipment. If applicable, the manufacturer's warranty will supersede this warranty for items sold by The Captain's Coffee.


We currently ship to any location in the US with the notable exception that Note that Hawaii Department of Agriculture regulations won't allow us to ship raw coffee to Hawaii.

If you select the "Captain's Special" shipping method, please note that the choice of carrier and delivery method is then entirely at our discretion. For local pick-ups, please allow 24 hours for us to prepare your order before dropping by to pick it up. Shipping weight is calculated in US Pounds.