Timor-Leste is a new name for a country that used to be called East Timor.
Over the decades of the 1980s and 1990s East Timor — a former Portuguese colony — underwent a bloody war of resistance to Indonesian occupation, and eventually, at the end of the decade of the 1990s, a brief but even bloodier spasm that led to independence from its much larger neighbor. Before the 70’s Timor was said to have some of the best coffee in the world until their economic decline in 75′ . Similar to Rwanda, Co-ops have gone into Timor and jump started their economy with the production of coffee. You are now able to help support their troubled times and drink a darn nice cup of coffee while doing so.
Timors have the advantage of being internationally certified as organic.
In beverage-world terms, coffees from Indonesia and East Timor could be considered the single-malt whiskies of coffee. Generally absent are the tart fruit and sweet floral notes of the finest pure, high-grown, wet-processed coffees of Latin America and East Africa. In their place are rich, ambiguous notes of nut, aromatic wood, sometimes earth, full, round, smooth, sweet, and deliciously cocoa-toned. Most of these characteristics are created through various idiosyncrasies of fruit removal and drying that are part of the complex, diffused coffee tradition in these vast islands.