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Our coffee of the month for April is a medium-bodied washed coffee hailing from the Ermera region of East Timor. This single-origin coffee stands out for its remarkable complexity. Your palate will be greeted with bright acidity reminiscent of blood orange, followed by a rich and intricate middle featuring hints of chocolate and graham cracker. Towards the end of the cup, you'll be met with a delightful combination of sweetness and spiciness, similar to the flavors found in apple pie filling. The finish leaves a pleasant aftertaste of chocolate and apples with a slightly dry sensation. Our team fell in love with this coffee, and we are excited to share it with you!
Roast Color: Medium
Cupping Notes: Graham Cracker, Apple Pie Filling, Semi Sweet Chocolate
Story: Ermera is a mountainous municipality located in the highlands of Timor-Leste. It is home to some of the most scenic landscapes on the island, including its highest peak, Tatamailau. The region is known for its cool temperatures and unique microclimates, which create ideal conditions for growing high-quality coffee.
Café Brisa Serena (CBS), a social enterprise and coffee exporter, has been working in Ermera for the past decade, developing smallholder coffee value chains. CBS's work is focused on the Ducurai village, which is located just north of Tatamailau's peak. The group works with select farmers, known as the "Lebudu Kraik" group, to produce high-quality coffee. These farmers use traditional methods to cultivate their crops, including personal compost programs and organic certification.
CBS has played a critical role in helping these farmers improve the quality of their coffee. The group has provided training in farm management and processing techniques, and has invested in improvements to processing equipment. This has resulted in better quality coffee that meets specialty protocols and is highly sought after by buyers around the world.
CBS's work in Ermera has had a significant impact on the local community. The group works with over 400 farmers in the Letefoho area and has helped to establish a formalized specialty export chain. CBS also runs a café in Dili, the nation's capital, where it promotes Letefoho's specialty coffee to locals. Through its work, CBS has helped to create sustainable livelihoods for local farmers and promote the unique flavors of Timorese coffee to the world.