Having found its sovereignty in 2002, Timor-Leste is one of the world’s youngest countries. As the country finds stability, the development of the agriculture sector is rapidly becoming an important pillar for the structural transformation of the country’s economy. Timor-Leste currently faces enormous economic upheaval, as its oil reserves begin to run dry. In its place, coffee is set to become that nation’s most vital export.
NOTE – 50p per 250g & £2 per 1Kg of this coffee sold online will be donated to the Timor-Leste urgent flood appeal organised by Raw Material. You can also donate directly by following this link https://donorbox.org/timor-leste-floods-urgent-appeal
Though Raw Material they offer a selection of natural and washed processed lots from the suco (village) of Parami. Cherry from Parami, and the nearby 1800MASL neighbourhoods Motalala and Koileki, is collected daily and processed at the Atsabe wet mill in Baboe Kraik.
Raw Material’s first custom wet mill and processing centre in Timor Leste was built in April 2018, in Atsabe, Ermera. All designed in-house, this processing centre uses gravity to move coffee through the stages; no double handling, no unnecessary machinery. They draw upon their experience working in many other coffee-producing countries to combine elements that would most likely improve Ermera’s coffee quality given the unique set of challenges facing the region. Each section of the plan uses materials that are local and readily available.
The Atsabe wet mill serves as a central hub for processing the cherry of the producers, Raw Material work across the Ermera municipality. Sitting at 1400 MASL, the wet mill has served not only as a place to purchase, process, and dry cherry, but as a meeting point for the village chiefs and neighbourhood leaders, and Raw Material. Expanding the reach of speciality coffee as a viable option for profitable returns includes the importance of training. The Raimutin Wet Mill has successfully served as the hub for training courses in both cultivation, picking, and processing for local producers.