Cocoa powder, green apple and toffee.
Washing Station: Atsabe Wet Mill
Elevation: 1,700 - 1,800m
Variety: Hibrido de Timor, Moka, Typica
Sourced Through: Raw Material
The Coffee Sector Is About To Become Timor-Leste’s Most Vital Export.
Having found its sovereignty in 2002, Timor-Leste is the world’s youngest country. 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.
As part of the wider development of Timor-Leste’s agriculture, the country’s coffee industry is set to bolster the following:
The provision for sufficient livelihoods, employment, and income;
The enhancement of food security and nutrition;
The improvement to the sustainability of natural resources and
An increase in resilience to climactic shocks
The importance of coffee to thousands of smallholder families cannot be overstated. Approximately 77,000 households depend on coffee for income, impacting approximately 37.6% of all households. A 2011 survey of over 800 households (5,300 individuals) conducted in Ermera municipality/district reported that more than half of the households surveyed rely on coffee for the majority of their income.
More Than A Quarter Surveyed In Ermera Stated That They Received More Than 90% Of Their Income From Coffee.
In Timor-Leste, Raw Material's work is currently focussed namely in the municipality of Ermera. One of thirteen municipalities in the country, it is home to the largest coffee production volumes, as well as the second highest rate of poverty, and lowest average annual spend per capita. These three points reinforce the necessity of RM's efforts being localised to Ermera.
In Ermera 57% Of The Municipality’s Population Live Below The National Poverty Line.
RM established their Ermera HQ in Suco Baboe Kraik in 2018. The village chiefs, neighbourhood leaders, and coffee farmers from all across the countryside met with them at the new community wet mill in Atsabe, to plan a new future through access to the specialty coffee market.
A few months after breaking ground in Baboe Kraik, they had taught in-depth 5-day training courses, produced a local-situation-specific 11-part video guide on coffee production best practices, and won the national production competition; setting a new record for coffee quality.
Coffee Has The Potential To Rapidly Improve Livelihoods In Ermera.
"The central hub for processing the cherry of the producers we work with across the Ermera municipality [is the Astabe wet mill]. 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 specialty coffee as a viable option for profitable returns includes the importance of training. The Atsabe Wet Mill has successfully served as the hub for training courses in both cultivation, picking, and processing for local producers."
- Suco Baboe Kraik
Atsabe, Ermera Municipality
This particular coffee is a honey processed lot from the suco of Parami. Cherry from Parami, and the nearby 1,800 masl neighbourhoods Motalala and Koileki, is collected daily and processed at the Atsabe wet mill in Baboe Kraik.