East Timor Maubesse Fair-Trade Organic by PT's Coffee Roasting Co. Review | CoffeeReview.com
Roast: Medium Review Date: April 2007
Origin: East Timor. Price: $13.95/12oz

Blind Assessment: Very sweet, almost sugary, with raisiny fruit notes and hints of orange and chocolate carrying with rich stateliness from aroma to cup. Syrupy body, deep, resonant finish.

Notes: Certified organically grown and Fair Trade, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a "fair" or economically sustainable price. East Timor is a small country sharing the island of Timor with Indonesia. Mainly Catholic and Portuguese-speaking East Timor was much in the news a few years ago when it finally achieved independence from Indonesia after a complex, bloody struggle that began with its forcible annexation by its giant neighbor. Timor's coffee industry is only now staging a persuasive recovery from the ravages of that struggle. It is dominated by small-holding peasant farmers, and produces a cup that is an interesting, often refined variant on the sweet, earthy/pungent style of small-producer coffees elsewhere in the region. Maubesse is a grade of Timor coffee based on region and growing altitude - Maubesse is higher grown than Aifu. PT's is a quality-oriented wholesale/retail specialty roaster with a wide and refined selection of coffee blends and origins. The PT's motto is "without the love, it's just coffee." Visit www.ptscoffee.com or call 888-678-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A fine choice for those who enjoy a naturally sweet, low-acid cup.


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