Vote | East Timor - Koileki Village
Producers: Koileki Village
Washing Station/ Collective: Atsabe Wet Mill
Importer: Raw Material
Region: Emera, Timor Leste
Varieties: Hibrido de Timor
Taste profile: Lychee, banana, dried plums
Roast: Filter / light espresso
Info from Vote:
Timor-Leste or East Timor is one of the world’s newest sovereign states, achieving independence from Indonesia in 2002. With oil reserves reducing, agriculture is becoming an important pillar of the economy. Sandalwood is another of the country’s most precious and culturally significant exports.
We purchased this coffee through the importers Raw Material. They focus their coffee-sourcing in the Emera region, where a large proportion of people rely on coffee as a major source of income.
This coffee was produced by members of the Koileki village community and processed at the Atsabe Wet Mill. The mill was planned and built by the local community, with the project led by Ameta Dacosta Alves (who you’ll see featured in many of the images). He grew up in the region and leads Raw Material’s operation in Timor Leste. After winning first prize in the national coffee quality competition in 2018 he is fast developing a reputation as a star of the coffee industry.
Together with Raw Material, the Koileki community have set the following goals to work towards a prosperous future of coffee production:
1 Sustainably raising and maintaining the quality of Atsabe’s coffee predictably above 80 points
2 Connecting with those roasters who want to commit long-term
3 Systematically solving the diverse challenges laying along the path to selling in the specialty market; financial, legal, cultural, infrastructural, technical etc.
Under Ameta’s enterprising leadership the Atsabe wet mill has become not only a great facility for processing coffee cherry, but a hub for meetings and trainings. The mill is custom-designed to fit the needs of the environment and community. Gravity is used to move coffee through the different stages of processing, reducing the need for expensive equipment and preventing double-handling.
We think that this coffee is one of the most complex and interesting we’ve tasted in a long time and we’re so excited to see what this producer group has in store for the future!