|Roaster Location:||Topeka, Kansas|
|Coffee Origin:||East Timor.|
|Review Date:||April 2007|
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.
This review originally appeared in the April, 2007 tasting report: Sweetness and Earth: Java, Sulawesi, Bali, Timor