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.
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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This review originally appeared in the April, 2007 tasting report: Sweetness and Earth: Java, Sulawesi, Bali, Timor