The Lacau farming community was established in 2004 with 23 farmers contributing to this lot. They work as a team to pick, collect, and process the cherry. The word ‘Lacau’ is composed of two words of the Mambai language, La – meaning ‘goes’, and Cau – meaning ‘pulling’.
Timor-Leste is now best known for the varietal ‘hybrid de timor’, the coffee it has been producing for 200 years since it's introduction in 1817 by the Portuguese. The Hybrid De Timor varietal is a natural hybrid between the Typica & Robusta.
In the cup, Typica (known as Arabi locally) varietals demonstrate sweetness, delicacy and floral notes. This is then complemented by the spicy pepper, tamarind and full-bodied characteristics that you would be more familiar with from the Timor Hybrid varietal.
The region that is leading the way in specialty production is the Letefoho area of the country situated in the mountainous northwest. Each village still works in a very primitive manner, often using wooden pulping machines, basic drying beds and sometimes tarpaulin on the ground to dry the coffees. Even with such basic infrastructure the quality of coffee being produced defies what we would expect from such basic methods.
The Café Brisa Serena Group have worked hard with the farmers to focus on quality practices such as picking, separation and even drying to help elevate the quality of the coffees.
I and many other coffee professionals feel that this is just the start of things to come from a country that has the potential to give so much. Hopefully, they will soon begin to prosper from the rewards of the specialty coffees they produce.
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