#39 of the coffee-producing countries with less than 1 % market share.
- Timor Leste (formerly East-Timor) is the first country to gain independence in the 21st century (2006).
- Unfortunately it is also the 2nd poorest country in Asia.
- After the exploitation of Portugal and Indonesia, the small country tries to recover.
- Coffee plays an important role, because one-fourth of the population depends on coffee production.
- It has been cultivated in Timor Leste and exported since 1815.
- Great emphasis is placed on a sustainable cultivation method.
- The coffee farmers cultivate the plants traditionally and dispense with any pesticides and fertilizers.
- There are no classical plantations, the Arabica plants grow in the forest, often on steep mountain slopes.
- The Cooperativa Café Timor (CCT) is Timor Leste’s largest cooperative, which is the basis of life for 44,000 families.
- The coffee is very aromatic and mild with a light chocolate note.
- According to a study by the European Association for Specialty Coffee, around 1/3 of the coffee producing areas of Timor Leste have the potential to produce one of the world’s best coffees.
- Due to the lack of transport and refining possibilities, its potential has only been partially exhausted.
- The Timor-Leste Coffee Association (Assosiasaun Café Timor-Leste – ACTL) has been running since 2016
- The aim of ACTL is to increase the volume of coffee production and improve the quality.
Here is a small documentation about coffee production in Timor Leste
- Coffee is THE drink of Timor Leste, which is drunken mostly black, sweetened and for breakfast.
- The ground coffee is simply doused with water.
- with bread and butter.